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New research shows the happiest places to work in the UK

New research shows the happiest places to work in the UK

Smaller cities have come out on top.

With wages stagnating and the boundaries between work and home life still blurred from remote working over lockdown, it can be hard to find joy in work.

However, new research has revealed that Brits are a lot happier with their jobs in some cities than others.

All was recently revealed thanks to a study carried out by employer rating website Glassdoor, and we think that the results will surprise you.

The UK's happiest cities might come as a surprise.
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To begin with, it found that while the UK might be London-centric in terms of the amount and quality of jobs available, people are, generally speaking, happier when they live in smaller cities.

In the UK, the average job satisfaction percentage stands at 75 percent, but for those lucky enough to live in the historic city of Cambridge, 78.2 percent are satisfied with their jobs.

In second place was Brighton with 77.6 percent - clearly, people do love to be beside the seaside - and in third place was Bristol followed by Newcastle with 77.4 percent.

Cambridge has been voted the UK's happiest city.
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London rounded off the top five with 77 percent.

The cities making up the rest of the top ten were Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff.

However, it is worth noting that while Brighton didn't come out on top, it had the highest scores for pay, senior leadership and work-life balance.

Newcastle, meanwhile, had the highest ratings when it came to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, which can obviously have a hugely positive effect on employees' well-being.

The study's researchers found that, overall, more people have found themselves burnout since the pandemic - so many of you reading may well be looking to make a career and location move.

Burnout has been on the rise since the pandemic.
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Lauren Thomas, the UK economist at Glassdoor, said that the website has proven that 'smaller cities are winning the hearts of workers.'

"London is often romanticised as the city to reach the peak of your career and earning capacity, but Glassdoor’s latest analysis shows that you can find a job with a great salary and work-life balance outside of the M25," she said.

"With its position as the UK's sixth best city for work-life balance, London is living up to its reputation as a pressure cooker.

"The capital’s amazing career opportunities and top pay are commonly cited to justify the stress, however, it seems that job seekers don’t always agree; London placed sixth for compensation and benefits - despite the highest salaries in the country.

"While this doesn’t necessarily mean London salaries are low, it could be a strong indicator that rising rents and house prices, the cost of living crisis and inflation are making the city unaffordable."

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