We’ve always known that Bristol is a great place to live and work; but we recently came across some statistics that support our (somewhat biased) view. It seems that more and more people are deciding to make Bristol their home, and because employers are offering staff bigger salary increases than almost any other UK city, overall quality of life stands to be pretty good here in the good old West Country.
According to a recent article on Personnel Today, pay rise data from 2015 shows that Bristol was among the top three cities for the biggest growth in advertised salaries last year.
Bristol saw a 3.3% growth in advertised salaries in 2015 compared to 2014 wages, with the average salary rising from £31,316.29 to £32,356.04. This was beaten only by Sheffield and Leeds, which saw a respective 4.2% and 4.7% salary growth, and came well ahead of London’s 2.5% growth margin.
Of course, this is great news for the region’s job market, and should send a clear message to candidates and job-seekers that it’s not only the capital that offers the best work and salary opportunities.
Another positive statistic for Bristol is that the city enjoyed strong job growth last year, with the number of available jobs increasing by nearly a quarter (22.9%) between 2014 and 2015.
So, it’s little wonder perhaps that Bristol was also the number one most searched-for city on RightMove last year. As PropertyWire recently reported, demand for homes in the city reached an all-time high in 2015, with 14 million searches being made for Bristol and Cambridge (the second most searched-for city) over the 12-month period.
Are you thinking of relocating in 2016? Bristol is a thriving creative centre with strong salaries and growing housing and job markets. Let Lucy Bristow help you find the perfect role for you, and get ready to enjoy your new life in this vibrant city.