The Best UK Locations to Work in 2020

  • February 26, 2020
 

'Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales. '  (Betjeman)

Where is the Best UK Location to Work in 2020? Well who would have thought it and contrary to the Betjeman poem  - it's actually Slough.  An analysis by GlassDoor and featured in HR Grapevine News (26/02/20) said:

Employees working in the Berkshire town – which has retained the top spot in the rankings for the third consecutive year – can choose from a pool of 23,387 jobs, take home a median base salary of £30,139 and enjoy an overall  town and city score of 4.

In addition, Slough boasted the highest job satisfaction rating.

Cambridge (£31,941), Gloucester (£25,116) and Guildford (£29,917) also ranked highly among the UK towns and cities with higher median salaries.

“Our latest report shows that companies are continuing to look outside of the big cities to set up offices and recruit local talent, in part driven by ever-improving access, favourable rents and salaries. The Golden Triangle between Gloucester, Cambridge and Guildford perfectly encapsulate the balance of open jobs and reasonable cost of living,” explained Amanda Stansell, Senior Research Analyst.

“The growth in flexible working also means employees are no longer spending every day, 9-5, in the office, meaning the location of the company is less important than it once was. Companies can get away with not having offices in the larger, expensive cities – like London – as employees are prioritising flexibility and convenience over the prestige of an office address,” Stansell added.

Bristol, Aberdeen and Falkirk have dropped off the rankings since the last report.

See the full results table below:

Rank

Town/City

Glassdoor Score

Medium Home Value

Job Satisfaction

Median Salary

Open Jobs

1

Slough

4.2

£396,258

3.4

£30,139

23,387

2

Cambridge

4.1

£471,259

3.7

£31,941

18,514

3

Gloucester

4.1

£246,575

3.5

£25,116

15,287

4

Guildford

4.0

£574,820

3.6

£29,917

23,609

5

Reading

4.0

£428,591

3.6

£32,939

20,823

6

Stoke-on-Trent

4.0

£159,251

3.5

£23,934

14,667

7

Manchester

3.8

£197,450

3.6

£24,384

33,973

8

Blackpool

3.7

£124,334

3.4

£20,610

2,335

9

Chelmsford

3.7

£396,424

3.4

£22,020

21,622

10

Oxford

3.7

£494,032

3.6

£29,430

16,624

11

Darlington

3.7

£161,930

3.5

£21,326

4,300

12

Swindon

3.6

£257,948

3.6

£30,308

10,606

13

Belfast

3.6

£159,625

3.4

£21,436

11,375

14

Dundee

3.6

£170,683

3.4

£21,959

5,456

15

Derby

3.6

£217,377

3.4

£25,519

11,114

16

Preston

3.5

£189,576

3.5

£22,490

5,094

17

Blackburn

3.5

£145,746

3.3

£19,963

4,007

18

Luton

3.5

£265,420

3.5

£27,923

10,731

19

Southampton

3.5

£290,863

3.5

£25,430

16,600

20

Bolton

3.5

£172,731

3.4

£21,949

8,564

21

Nottingham

3.5

£215,828

3.5

£24,247

12,951

22

Coventry

3.5

£215,554

3.5

£26,549

10,081

23

Birmingham

3.5

£208,753

3.5

£24,954

37,954

24

Leeds

3.5

£222,825

3.5

£24,045

34,349

25

Liverpool

3.5

£178,668

3.4

£21,216

17,648

The research indicated that towns like Slough and Reading, and cities like Cambridge and Gloucester stand out more than the likes of London because there is a large pool of jobs on offer and the cost of living is more reasonable.

Glassdoor’s list is compiled by ranking UK towns and cities with the highest Glassdoor scores (out of five), determined by weighting the following three factors equally: the number of job opportunities, the cost of living (salary vs home value) and job satisfaction levels.