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Slough of Despond

‘Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough.
It isn’t fit for humans now,
There isn’t grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death.’

Unbelievably, Slough, the industrial Berkshire town that poet John Betjeman obviously hated, and that smells of Mars Bars, has just been named the best place to work in the UK for the second year running.

Located on the western fringes of Greater London, Slough has just topped the list compiled by job and recruiting site Glassdoor, and was awarded the title based on three factors: cost of living, hiring opportunity and job satisfaction.

In 2018, there were 22,131 job openings in Slough with a median base salary of £29,500. Job satisfaction was ranked at 3.4 (about the average for the whole of the UK), and the median home value sits at £391,218.

Glassdoor’s Economic Research Analyst, Amanda Stansell, said in a statement: “Slough is now firmly established as one of the best areas in the UK to work, because of its consistently high employee satisfaction and job opportunities relative to its population. It is also home to a huge range of employers. With plans now agreed for Heathrow’s third runway and the new Crossrail in 2019, its growth potential is very positive.”

She added: “While several of the towns and cities highlighted in this report may be surprising, many are experiencing growing local economies, complete with a healthy dose of new job prospects and strong home affordability.”

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Comparatively to Slough, London would be 52 on the list. Glassdoor said in a statement: “People in London are in fact generally ‘satisfied’ and the capital city will always have the largest amount of jobs available (plus high average salaries).

“However, this doesn’t tell the whole story, when it comes to availability of good jobs, ratio of candidates per job, house price levels and general cost of living, London really suffers.”

Last year, Manchester took the second spot on the list but has dropped down to number seven this year as Gloucester was named as runner up for the best place to work in the UK.

You can see the complete top 25 list below.


  1.  Slough
    Glassdoor Town & City Score (out of 5): 4.3
    Job Openings: 22,131
    Median Base Salary: £29,500
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £391,218
    Hot Jobs: Project Manager, Customer Service Advisor, Recruitment Consultant

  2. Gloucester
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 4.2
    Job Openings: 14,626
    Median Base Salary: £24,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
    Median Home Value: £239,054
    Hot Jobs: Software Engineer, Account Manager, Quantity Surveyor

  3. Cambridge
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 4.1
    Job Openings: 17,145
    Median Base Salary: £30,464
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
    Median Home Value: £464,852
    Hot Jobs: Software Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Maintenance Engineer

  4. Reading
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 4.0
    Job Openings: 20,601
    Median Base Salary: £30,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
    Median Home Value: £432,241
    Hot Jobs: Recruitment Consultant, Delivery Driver, Site Manager

  5. Guildford
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 4.0
    Job Openings: 21,561
    Median Base Salary: £27,500
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £593,761
    Hot Jobs: Sales Executive, Administrator, Chef

  6. Stoke-on-Trent
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 4.0
    Job Openings: 12,297
    Median Base Salary: £22,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3
    Median Home Value: £148,844
    Hot Jobs: Maintenance Engineer, Registered Nurse, Project Manager

  7. Manchester
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 4.0
    Job Openings: 35,369
    Median Base Salary: £23,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
    Median Home Value: £187,983
    Hot Jobs: Business Development Manager, Software Developer, Social Worker

  8. Derby
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.8
    Job Openings: 10,784
    Median Base Salary: £25,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
    Median Home Value: £203,389
    Hot Jobs: Management Accountant, Account Manager, Security Officer

  9. Bolton
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.7
    Job Openings: 9,131
    Median Base Salary: £20,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
    Median Home Value: £162,694
    Hot Jobs: Customer Service Advisor, Sales Manager, Web Developer

  10. Chelmsford
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.7
    Job Openings: 20,803
    Median Base Salary: £20,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2
    Median Home Value: £389,412
    Hot Jobs: Business Analyst, Sales Assistant, Chef

  11. Oxford
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.7
    Job Openings: 15,515
    Median Base Salary: £28,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £493,058
    Hot Jobs: Architect, Software Engineer, Site Manager

  12. Blackburn
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.6
    Job Openings: 3,685
    Median Base Salary: £18,500
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £144,555
    Hot Jobs: Maintenance Engineer, Operations Manager, Welder

  13. Swindon
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.6
    Job Openings: 9,798
    Median Base Salary: £30,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2
    Median Home Value: £257,804
    Hot Jobs: Business Analyst, Sales Executive, Registered Nurse

  14. Nottingham
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.6
    Job Openings: 11,910
    Median Base Salary: £23,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £199,162
    Hot Jobs: Site Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Marketing Manager

  15. Birmingham
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.6
    Job Openings: 40,019
    Median Base Salary: £24,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3
    Median Home Value: £199,365
    Hot Jobs: Design Engineer, Sales Manager, HR Advisor

  16. Coventry
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.6
    Job Openings: 11,632
    Median Base Salary: £24,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £210,177
    Hot Jobs: Service Engineer, Teacher, Recruiter

  17. Belfast
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.6
    Job Openings: 8,308
    Median Base Salary: £20,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2
    Median Home Value: £155,788
    Hot Jobs: Java Developer, Tutor, Support Analyst

  18. Leeds
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.6
    Job Openings: 32,646
    Median Base Salary: £22,434
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £214,588
    Hot Jobs: Financial Analyst, Web Developer, Delivery Driver

  19. Liverpool
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.5
    Job Openings: 16,292
    Median Base Salary: £19,200
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3
    Median Home Value: £173,967
    Hot Jobs: Project Manager, Customer Service Advisor, Social Worker

  20. Norwich
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.5
    Job Openings: 8,891
    Median Base Salary: £21,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £274,999
    Hot Jobs: Sales Executive, Delivery Driver, Software Engineer

  21. Southampton
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.5
    Job Openings: 14,435
    Median Base Salary: £24,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
    Median Home Value: £291,742
    Hot Jobs: Maintenance Engineer, Sales Assistant, Sous Chef

  22. Bristol
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.5
    Job Openings: 27,301
    Median Base Salary: £24,500
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
    Median Home Value: £325,790
    Hot Jobs: Software Engineer, Graphic Designer, Accountant

  23. Aberdeen
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.5
    Job Openings: 4,439
    Median Base Salary: £27,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2
    Median Home Value: £211,356
    Hot Jobs: Field Engineer, Business Development Manager, Tutor

  24. Preston
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.5
    Job Openings: 4,569
    Median Base Salary: £19,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
    Median Home Value: £187,557
    Hot Jobs: Net Developer, Nurse, Sales Executive

  25. Falkirk
    Glassdoor Town & City Score: 3.5
    Job Openings: 3,140
    Median Base Salary: £18,000
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3
    Median Home Value: £149,111
    Hot Jobs: Production Operator, Bus Driver, Catering Assistant

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