What Are the Best Places to Get Employed in the UK?

For some, a change in role doesn’t necessarily mean just a big step in a new career – it can also result in a change in where you live. Sometimes finding your ideal job can mean moving and establishing new roots, or occasionally you might be perfectly placed where you already are!

Our latest post delves into government information from the Office for National Statistics to look at where the best places in the UK are to work and, as a result, which industries would be worth considering.


Average Weekly Wages


Data Source: Office for National Statistics


As we’ve already said, it’s not just about the location you work in but also the industry that will give you different opportunities. We wrote a post earlier this year discussing some of the UK’s biggest growing industries for 2016, and these statistics from the Office for National Statistics shows which are likely to give the highest weekly earnings.

Unsurprisingly we see public sector jobs paying slightly higher than the private sector, wholesale and retail typically lower overall, with the finance sector, by far, paying the highest.


Employment Levels


Chart & Data Source: Office for National Statistics


So with information on industry wages in our hands, we can combine our ideal sector to meet our skills with where in the country these opportunities might be – and whether these areas have strong employment.

For the most part, and from what we know based on government data, the UK’s employment levels are doing well – there are only a handful of places that have seen a drop in employment levels. Some of the highest jumps in employment rates are in the North West and the East of England; Wales has also done particularly well.



Zero-Hour Contracts

Data Source: Office for National Statistics

It’s also important to consider zero-hour contracts; they count as employment, but they do pose a little controversy. Those against them say it doesn’t give people certainty in their role, whereas advocates would argue it gives much more flexibility in working hours. Either way, it does depend on your role; those in hospitality might find themselves more likely to get a zero-hour contract, whereas public sector work or admin work won’t.

If your industry is typical with zero-hour contracts, and the flexibility appeals to you, then the North West and South West are the areas where these are highest. The East of England (which saw a lot of employment growth) has one of the lowest rates.

All important considerations!


Median / Mean Annual Salaries

Data Source: Office for National Statistics

London (unsurprisingly) easily has the highest average annual salary, but this is of course in line with the cost of living; transport and housing, for example, are more expensive than other areas of the UK, so the salary reflects this. So if you are looking to move elsewhere in the UK, make sure you take the cost of living into account before jumping at those with the highest salaries!

As an example of what we’ve learnt so far, the East of England has a pretty typical annual salary, and you’re less likely to have a zero-hour contract.

Cost of Living

As we’ve mentioned, it’s another important factor to consider. London wages are often much higher, but so is the cost of living. The further north you go the typical living cost will go down; it’s all about balancing your ideal role with a decent wage compared to your area’s cost of living.

For example, take a look at this house price map from the Independent. They’ve mapped out property prices across the UK, which are an important factor in the cost of living.

House Prices:

This report from the government’s ‘Neighbourhood Statistics’shows us some interesting information on what the cost of living looks like across the UK.

·      The average UK weekly spend was - £467.50 per week

·      Lowest living cost was the North East - £387.20 per week

·      The highest living cost was London - £552.30 per week

·      The second highest was the South East - £523.90 per week


Where’s The Best to Work?

It’s difficult to say; since virtually all the regions in the UK have seen a 0.7% growth in employment rates, it does indicate that job prospects are getting better in most regions. The areas with the biggest employment boost are:

  • Wales – 2.2%
  • North West – 1.6%
  • East of England – 1.5%

It also depends on your industry; earlier this year we looked at five of the faster-growing job sectors, which included hospitality, engineering and construction, so combining a growing industry with a region of high employment could well improve your prospects!

But here at Pertemps, we’re always working to provide job seekers from all over the UK find their ideal job – a role that fits your skills and is in the best location for you.

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