Employees have rated Bristol as one of the top cities for work happiness, according to a survey by business psychologists OPP. Jonathan May, Chief executive of Bristol-based company, Hubbub explains why he thinks Bristol has got it right for work-life balance and career happiness.
“Bristol is a wonderful place to work, it has the buzz and culture of a big city while keeping the community feel of a friendly, close-knit town. Office space is cheap so places feel like a bargain compared to other major cities. It’s got lots of green space, is cycle friendly, and packed with independent shops and traders.”
Bristol is the largest city in the south west of England and in 2014 it was named Britain’s best city to live in by the Sunday Times. Bristol is recognised for its vibrant social scene, vast shopping facilities, a beautiful variety of buildings and housing, school standards, low unemployment rates and close proximity to the countryside. As a thriving university town (hosting the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England as well as the Bristol Institute of Modern Music), many graduates choose to settle here after their courses have finished, drawn to the city by the educational offerings and choosing to stay because of the bustling atmosphere and good employment rates.
Why live in Bristol?
The city’s exceptional rail and motorway connections mean that you can easily commute to London, but there are benefits to living in the same city you work in. Being able to take the bus, cycle or walk to work gives you a much better work/life balance, meaning more time to take advantage of what Bristol has to offer and with plenty of job opportunities, affordable housing and amenities, living in Bristol could be the perfect move for you.
Working in Bristol
The city has a wide range of local and national employers – almost every industry is thriving, including retail, construction and manufacturing, transportation, IT, communications, health, social work, and scientific and technical industries. With government investment other areas of industry are beginning to grow as well, including engineering, insurance, media, aerospace and military operations. There is a strong chance that if you work in Bristol you will gain meaningful employment in your field of expertise.
Bristol also has amongst the lowest unemployment rates in the UK and higher-than-average salaries, both of which explain why Bristol has experienced the greatest growth in disposable income.
Finding employment can be tough in the UK and many people find that they have to relocate to where the jobs are. Bristol has plenty of jobs available and offers a perfect combination of exciting city life and plenty of lovely countryside within the city.
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