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Surprising town named best place to work in the UK

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In giving each town or city a score out of five, Slough has outscored other front runners such as Manchester, Cambridge and Swindon in scooping the 2017 best place to work prize.

Glassdoor, which has been running this particular survey for two years, brought together the overall score, job openings, median base salary, job satisfaction rating, median home value and “hot jobs” for each leading town or city.

In 2016, Cambridge beat out Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Leeds and Peterborough to finish top of the pile with a city score of 4.1 – lower than the 4.2 achieved by Slough this year.

“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 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.

Alongside being made famous as the setting for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s celebrated BBC comedy The Office, Slough is also home to companies such as Oracle, Cisco and Microsoft.

“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,” Chamberlain added.

Slough has the highest concentration of global corporate headquarters outside of London, with Blackberry, McAfee, Burger King and LEGO also calling it home. The Slough Trading Estate, the largest industrial estate in single private ownership in Europe, has over 17,000 people working for around 400 businesses.

Best place to work – Top ten

(1) Slough

Glassdoor score (out of 5): 4.2

Job openings: 26,387

Median base salary: £35,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Median home value: £390,654

Hot jobs: mobile developer, sales manager, recruitment consultant

(2) Manchester

Glassdoor score: 4.0

Job openings: 41,555

Median base salary: £23,998

Job satisfaction rating: 3.5

Median home value: £177,263

Hot jobs: data scientist, digital marketing executive, retail store manager

(3) Cambridge

Glassdoor score: 4.0

Job openings: 21,645

Median base salary: £31,225

Job satisfaction rating: 3.5

Median home value: £455,299

Hot jobs: software engineer, graphic designer, registered nurse

(4) Swindon

Glassdoor score: 3.9

Job openings: 15,307

Median base salary: £31,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Median home value: 248,514

Hot jobs: maintenance engineer, account manager, facilities manager

(5) Stoke-on-Trent

Glassdoor score: 3.9

Job openings: 16,381

Median base salary: £21,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Median home value: £143,328

Hot jobs: business development manager, production operator, sales consultant


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(6) Reading

Glassdoor score: 3.8

Job openings: 25,305

Median base salary: £35,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Median home value: £422,120

Hot jobs: social media manager, electrician, sales executive

(7) Leeds

Glassdoor score: 3.8

Job openings: 41,097

Median base salary: £24,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Median home value: £206,143

Hot jobs: project manager, business analyst, building surveyor

(8) Milton Keynes

Glassdoor score: 3.7

Job openings: 16,164

Median base salary: £28,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.5

Median home value: £301,938

Hot jobs: solutions architect, communications manager, HR manager

(9) Bolton

Glassdoor score: 3.7

Job openings: 11,233

Median base salary: £21,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.3

Median home value: £159,690

Hot jobs: net developer, account assistant, IT business analyst

(10) Oxford

Glassdoor score: 3.6

Job openings:18,649

Median base salary: £30,000

Job satisfaction rating: 3.4

Median home value: £489,037

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