27 September 2017

It famously failed to impress John Betjeman ("Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough…") but the Berkshire town has been named the best place to live and work in a survey of salaries, vacancies and house prices.

Jobs site Glassdoor has issued a report listing the 25 best UK towns and cities to work in, and Slough has edged out Manchester and Cambridge to claim top spot.

The full list, available at http://bit.ly/29DcbMs, has Swindon, Stoke-on-Trent, Reading, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Bolton and Oxford completing its top 10 with Belfast, at 16, being the first one listed that is not in England.

Aberdeen and Dundee are Scotland's representatives in the top 25: the current UK City of Culture, Hull, just makes it in at number 24.

The rankings are determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity); how affordable it is to live there (cost of living); and how satisfied employees are working in that location (overall job satisfaction).

Glassdoor includes each town and city’s median pay for employees, current average home value, overall job satisfaction rating, population and number of current job openings.

Dr Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist, said: "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."

Slough was not included in the company's 2016 list.

Explaining the capital's absence from the list, Dr Chamberlain said that, while people in London are generally satisfied, it is not only an expensive place to live, but also an ultra-competitive city in which to find a job.