Leeds has a whole pile of benefits that London can’t match – but often these often go unnoticed in the constant pull towards the bright lights of London. So if you’re job-hunting, here’s why you should consider moving up North.
There’s a stereotype in the UK that good career opportunities only exist in London. It’s true that London is so big that there are plenty of jobs available for ambitious professionals – but it’s far from your only option. In fact, look elsewhere may be better and Leeds is a great place to start.
The city is a growing hub for young professionals in fields such as technology, legal, PR and many more – so you can get just as good experience with world class companies. However, when comes to choosing between Leeds and London, there are plenty of things you can get up North that the capital just can’t match…
A low cost of living
It’s certainly much cheaper to live a good lifestyle in Leeds than it is in London – from huge life decisions to everyday occurrences. For example, the Yorkshire Post found that an average one-bedroom flat in a central area of Leeds is typically around the £600 mark wheras in London that would set you back around £1,400 per month.
Almost everything is more expensive in London. The Yorkshire Post worked out that a vegetable snack, a basic chicken dish, rice and poppadoms would cost you £18 in London whereas in Leeds, it would only set you back £10. In London, it would cost you around £5 more per person to go to the cinema. For the same film!
OK, salaries tendto be slightly higher in London – but once tax, rent and transport is taken off your monthly wage you would actually end up with more disposable income in Leeds if you were earning the average salary here.
There are two National Parks within easy reach of Leeds: the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. Both are great for a day out to relax, unwind and improve your quality of life. Not only do you get wildlife, fresh air and great walks, but you can end your day eating hearty food in one of Yorkshire’s fantastic country pubs.
Sure, London has got green spaces like Hyde Park, but they’re full of people and can hardly compare to spending a day in the countryside, miles away from city life.
We’re a happy bunch in Yorkshire compared to our miserable colleagues in London. Researchers from Co-op Insurance found that almost 93 per cent of people living in Yorkshire and the Humber were happy with where they were living – the third happiest in the UK.
The national average in the same research was 89 per cent with London trailing in seventh place.
London might have a lot to offer and it certainly has the scale, but if you want to have more money, live in a nicer place and generally be happier, it’s looking like Leeds might just be the place to be.
Amy runs the Herd Tech job board & Job fair for Leeds / Yorkshire. Herd pulls together technology jobs direct from Leeds City Region employers then pushes them out to potential candidates via social media. Not your usual job board, we focus on Tech and Digital sectors helping businesses to content with the talent they need. herd.careers
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