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Slough, Manchester and Cambridge Secure Top Three Spots

LONDON (22 September, 2017) - Glassdoor®, one of the world’s largest jobs sites, today announced the results of its newest jobs report to identify the 25 Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In for 2017(1). Slough claims the top spot, followed by Manchester and Cambridge.

The list is compiled by ranking UK towns and cities with the highest Glassdoor score(2), 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 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 2017 are:

1. Slough

2. Manchester

3. Cambridge

  4. Swindon

  5. Stoke-on-Trent

  • Full list will be live here.

2016 vs 2017

Slough tops the rankings having not featured in the 2016 list. Last year’s top city, Cambridge, drops into third place with Manchester climbing nine places to secure second in 2017. Other newcomers on Glassdoor’s second UK towns & cities ranking include Stoke-on-Trent (#5), Bolton (#9), Ipswich (#15), Belfast (#16), Southampton (#17), Luton (#19), Dundee (#20), Newcastle Upon Tyne (#21), Blackpool (#23), Hull (#24).

“With large multinational businesses establishing themselves in Slough, along with high average salaries and close proximity to major transport hubs such as Heathrow Airport, the Berkshire town has now emerged as a prime spot to live and work,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist. “Although people in London are generally satisfied, it has proven not only to be an expensive place to live, but also an ultra-competitive city in which to find a job. The UK’s M4 corridor remains Britain's global tech backbone, with companies such as Oracle, Cisco and Microsoft all along this route. Towns and cities around this area offer pleasant environments, above average salaries and a lower cost of living, meaning an increased quality of life for employees.”


(1) This year’s list will appear on the Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In landing page from 00:01 Friday 22nd September 2017.

(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 the 50 most populated UK Towns & Cities. Each region’s Glassdoor 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.

  • Hiring opportunity is determined by the ratio of active job openings to population. (Job openings per Town & City represent active job listings on Glassdoor as of 15/08/17. Population data is according to the 2011 Census, ‘Key Statistics for Built-Up Areas in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland’ published by the ONS on 28 June 2013.
  • Cost of living is determined by the ratio of median annual base salary to median area home value. (Median annual base salary per town and city based on at least 100 salary reports shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (16/08/16-15/08/17). Median home value is according to the Zoopla House Value Index, as of June 2017).
  • Job satisfaction ratings per location is based on at least 80 company reviews shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (16/08/16-15/08/17; Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).

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