Edinburgh Named One of the Most Prosperous Cities in the UK
9 October 2017
There is fantastic news for the Edinburgh markets, as the city has been named the most prosperous in the UK outside of London, with lower unemployment rates and higher disposable income than anywhere else. This makes it a very exciting time to be living and working within the city, particularly if you are seeking to gain long-term, meaningful employment.
The Edinburgh By Numbers publication – produced by the city council – also states that the city has the highest proportion of highly skilled workers of anywhere in the UK, including London. It’s an amazing achievement for the city, which has worked to build upon its financial district, food and drink manufacturing and creative industries.
Working within the Edinburgh market myself, it’s not hard to see why the city ranks so highly. Not only are the opportunities there to progress your career and work with some of the best teams in the country, there is also plenty of focus on a good work/life balance … Which makes sense in a city that is home to one of the biggest cultural festivals in the UK.
So, if you are considering a move to the capital for work, it’s not hard to see why. Where else in the world will you find such a mix of history, craft beers, culture, ghosts and celebrities. Every year the Fringe, Book and Film Festivals draw some of the biggest names in the creative arts to the capital, meaning there’s every chance you could bump into Michael Fassbender whilst nipping out for a coffee.
There’s something going on every month; from the Military Tattoo to events at the Scottish National Gallery; from the gin tours to the rugby at Murrayfield. It will, more often than not, feel like being a tourist in your home city. So, perhaps it’s just as well that Edinburgh residents have the highest level of disposable income in the UK – a whopping £21,200.
Despite the initial hiccups, there is also talk of extending the city’s tram routes to Leith, where many trendy start-up businesses have set up home. There’s also a great amount of cycle routes, if you prefer to commute on two wheels – meaning you can pick up on any offers of ‘cycle to work’ schemes, should your company offer them.
There are many advantages to working in the city, not least because of its strong, historical ties across a number of sectors including journalism, finance, brewing and distilling; markets which continue to thrive to this day, which ties in with the number of highly skilled workers living in the city.
It’s a good time to make a move within the capital, particularly within the city’s strong financial district.
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Written By Daryl Summers