Slough retains top spot followed closely by newcomer Gloucester
LONDON, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Glassdoor, one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites, today announced the results of its newest jobs report to identify the 25 Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In for 20181. Slough retains the top spot this year, followed by newcomer Gloucester and tech hub Cambridge.
Now in its third year, the list is compiled by ranking UK towns and cities with the highest Glassdoor score2, determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable it is to live there (cost of living), and how satisfied employees are working there (overall job satisfaction). As part of this report, Glassdoor includes a comprehensive breakdown of each town and city's median pay for employees, current average home value, overall job satisfaction rating, population and number of current job openings.
Glassdoor's Top 5 Towns & Cities to Work In for 2018 are:
Slough tops the rankings once again this year due to its high number of jobs compared to the local population and relatively high average salaries when compared to living costs in the area. Newcomers to the list in 2018 include Gloucester (No. 2), Guildford (No. 5), Chelmsford (No. 10), Blackburn (No. 12), Liverpool (No. 19), Norwich (No. 20), Preston (No. 24) and Falkirk (No. 25).
"Slough is now firmly established as one of the best areas in the UK to work, because of its consistently high employee satisfaction and job opportunities relative to its population. It is also home to a huge range of employers. With plans now agreed for Heathrow's third runway and the new Crossrail in 2019, its growth potential is very positive," said Glassdoor Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell. "While several of the towns and cities highlighted in this report may be surprising, many are experiencing growing local economies, complete with a healthy dose of new job prospects and strong home affordability. Plus, employees working in these areas often find themselves quite satisfied in their jobs. In turn, this can benefit local employers as UK studies show a correlation between high employee satisfaction and better business performance."
Last year's runner up, Manchester, drops five places down to No. 7, however, some of the UK's biggest cities did not make the top 25 this year, including Edinburgh, Sheffield, Glasgow, Cardiff and London.
Cambridge and Reading have the highest median salaries in the top 25, at £30,464 and £30,000 respectively. Employees are most satisfied in Bolton and Cambridge, with both cities sharing a Glassdoor Job Satisfaction rating of 3.6. The UK's industrial heartland, Birmingham, leads the way in terms of open jobs with 40,019 available positions, followed by Manchester with 35,369 jobs.
Glassdoor is one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites, featuring all of the latest jobs online paired with more than 42 million reviews and insights from employees on more than 800,000 companies in 190 countries.3 Glassdoor welcomes more than 55 million unique users, on average, to its desktop and mobile platforms each month.4 The top reason people visit Glassdoor is to search and/or apply to jobs.5
(1) This year's list will appear on the 25 Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In landing page from 00:01 Wednesday 24th October, 2018. (2) Methodology: Glassdoor's Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In report identifies UK locations with the highest overall Glassdoor Town & City Score, based on a comparison of 50 of the most populated UK towns and cities with populations above 100,000. Each region's Glassdoor Town & City Score, based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best city for a job, 1.0=worst city for a job), is determined by weighting three factors equally: hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction.
Cost of living is determined by the ratio of median annual base salary to average area home value. (Median annual base salary per town and city based on at least 200 salary reports shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (16/08/17-15/08/18). Average home value is according to the Zoopla House Value Index, as of August 2018).
Job satisfaction ratings per location is based on at least 80 company reviews shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (16/08/17-15/08/18); Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).
(3) Glassdoor Internal Data, June 2018 (4) Google Analytics, CQ2'18 average (5) Glassdoor.co.uk Site Survey, August 2017
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