Leeds Fall Behind in Best Places to Live and Work Index

Leeds has dropped pace in the race to be crowned the best place to live and work in the UK, according to two separate reports.

The first report is the ‘liveability index’, which was created by financial services provider OneFamily and ranks Britain’s town and cities which have over 200,000 residents. It’s based on both the balance of income and costs of living in each place, as well as how residents feel about living there.

The index takes into account the cost of living and working, satisfaction with work and commuting, and general happiness levels, as well as levels of concern on issues like job prospects, work-life balance, the local property market and crime. Together, these elements are correlated and used to ascertain which are the best places for under 30s to live and work.

The 2018 index is dominated by Northern cities, with the high costs of living in the south, coupled with greater job competition and higher perceived crime levels all working against southern towns and cities.

Leeds ranked second in the list, behind Sunderland which was placed highest for general satisfaction. On Leeds, OneFamily said: “With a diverse population of 761,500, Leeds is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. Residents feel positive about work prospects and the local property market, and generally, have a high satisfaction rating across the board.”

The top 10 places are:

  1. Sunderland
  2. Leeds
  3. Aberdeen
  4. Milton Keynes
  5. Liverpool
  6. Derby
  7. Swindon
  8. Leicester
  9. York
  10. Nottingham

Almost simultaneously, job review website Glassdoor published their 2018 list of the 25 best towns and cities to work in in the UK.

To do this, they rank cities by three factors: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable it is to live there (cost of living) and how happy employees are working there (overall job satisfaction).

Leeds, which ranked 7th in 2017, has fallen 11 places to 18th on the list. Their research shows an average salary of £22,434 and a house price of £214,588. The most popular jobs in Leeds, according to Glassdoor, are Financial Analyst, Web Developer or Delivery Driver.

The top 20 places to work are:

  1. Slough - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.3
  2. Gloucester - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.2
  3. Cambridge - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.1
  4. Reading - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.0
  5. Guildford - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.0
  6. Stoke-on-Trent - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.0
  7. Manchester - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.0
  8. Derby - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.8
  9. Bolton - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.7
  10. Chelmsford - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.7
  11. Oxford - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.7
  12. Blackburn - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.6
  13. Swindon - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.6
  14. Nottingham - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.6
  15. Birmingham - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.6
  16. Coventry - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.6
  17. Belfast - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.6
  18. Leeds - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.6
  19. Liverpool - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.5
  20. Norwich - Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 3.5