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Revealed: the best place to work in the UK (and no, it’s not London)

Glassdoor analysed more than 100,000 anonymous job reviews to work out where workers are happiest

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton

Whether you live to work or work to live, we can all agree that enjoying your job should be an important factor in your career choices. After all, around 90,000 hours of your life is likely to be spent at work, and that’s a heck of a long time.

Against a backdrop of widespread strikes and job dissatisfaction, job review website Glassdoor has analysed more than 100,000 anonymous reviews fromw workers in 20 British cities to find out where workers are happiest. And the research has revealed that the best place to work is... Cambridge!

The level of satisfaction among employees in the city averaged 3.91 out of five – well above the national average of 3.79. This could be down to the types of business that operate there, salary prospects or even just the beauty of the city itself. According to job site Adzuna, the average Cambridge salary is £38,784, which is significantly higher than the UK average of £33,280. 

London came fifth on the list, despite the hordes of grads and young professionals who flock there every year and having lots of jobs to go around. Liverpool sits at the bottom with overall job satisfaction at just 3.65 out of five. 

Commenting on the research, Lauren Thomas, an economist at Glassdoor, said: ‘London is often romanticised as the city to reach the peak of your career and earning capacity, but Glassdoor’s latest analysis shows that you can find a job with a great salary and work-life balance outside of the M25. Smaller cities are winning the hearts of workers.’ 

Here are the ten British cities with the highest worker satisfaction, according to Glassdoor:

1. Cambridge – 3.91

2. Brighton – 3.88

3. Bristol – 3.87

4. Newcastle – 3.87

5. London – 3.85

6. Leeds – 3.84

7. Nottingham – 3.81

8. Manchester – 3.8

9. Oxford – 3.8

10. Cardiff – 3.77

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