Best cities for Graduates

Leeds and Sheffield Are Amongst The Best Cities For Graduates In The UK

Leaving University and entering the world of work is often the most difficult times in a persons life. However, for those who wish to stay in Yorkshire after graduating, there’s hope yet, as Leeds and Sheffield are amongst the top 20 best cities in terms of gaining employment. 

With many choosing to start their career in London, research carried out by Market Inspector found that Leeds was in the top 10 cities for graduate jobs and Sheffield is in the top 20.

The research looked at various factors, including the quality of life, the business infrastructure and even the cost of a pint to conclude which cities were the most post-university friendly cities.

The media city of Manchester topped the list, a spokesperson from Market Inspector said “Manchester is the place where graduates have the greatest amount of job opportunities with many possibilities to enjoy a good work-life balance. Finding a graduate job in the city is relatively easy as there are 6.47 jobs per 1,000 inhabitants. This has been key to securing the number one spot in the rankings.”

The study found that the average weekly earnings for a graduate in Leeds is £533, the average monthly rent £297 and the average price of pint £3.53. Leeds placed higher than Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle.

Sheffield, is the only other Yorkshire city to make the list with the average cost of a pint sitting at an affordable £2.65, the average weekly earnings a respectable £474 and the average monthly rent at £283.

In explaining their research a spokesperson said “The total amount of cities that we analysed were chosen from the 64 cities considered primary urban areas by Centre for Cities. The categorisation by primary urban areas provides a wide picture about economic activity of the city which is the main focus of this research.

Besides that, the cities that made it to the final analysis were those that fulfilled the minimum standards for each indicator. In this regard, each indicator is based on relevant research and reports that follow strict requirements to gather and analyse their data in order to build their rankings. Therefore, this research takes into account cities that have been analysed in this relevant literature and are part of the 64 primary urban areas highlighted by Centre for Cities.”

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