Three Quarters of People in Leeds say YORKSHIRE is the best place to work in England

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Three Quarters of People in Leeds say YORKSHIRE is the best place to work in England

Survey of employees in Leeds shows 77% think Yorkshire’s streets are paved with gold But workers in the South East are most likely to say they are professionally fulfilled

When employees across the country were asked where the most fulfilling place to work in the country was, London was easily the most popular answer. But when people living in Leeds were asked the same question, the overwhelming majority said Yorkshire, according to a survey carried out by specialist recruiter, Randstad.

When asked where in the country they believed they would achieve the highest job satisfaction, 77% of employees in Leeds said Yorkshire & the Humber – while just 16% were prepared to concede that London was the most fulfilling place in the country to work.

By contrast, only 9% of the nation’s workers thought Yorkshire & the Humber was the most fulfilling place to work – while 38% said London.

Responses – National / Responses – Leeds

Responses – National

Responses – Leeds

London

38%

Yorkshire & The Humber

77%

South East

13%

London

16%

Yorkshire & The Humber

9%

North West

2%

North West

8%

South East

2%

West Midlands

8%

North East

1%

South West

8%

East Midlands

1%

East of England

7%

West Midlands

0%

East Midlands

6%

South West

0%

North East

3%

East of England

0%

 

“Where do you think is the most professionally fulfilling place to work in the country?”

The reason most employees in Leeds gave for voting Yorkshire & The Humber the most fulfilling place to work in the country, was the superior pace of life (cited by 29% of respondents). Second most popular was the salary commanded in Yorkshire compared to the rest of the country (20%), followed by greater spending power (19%).

Tara Ricks, Managing Director of Randstad Financial & Professional, said: The results might suggest that people from Yorkshire have a high opinion of themselves and, to outsiders, no doubt the pride in the White Rose will be interpreted as the blowing of a county’s own trumpet. But nothing could be further from the truth. The facts and figures stack up. The starting salary for a Finance Director is around £80,000 – which compares very well to salaries across the South. And while a management accountant could earn £45,000 in the Midlands, at the top end he could be pocketing £50,000 a year in Yorkshire. Not only that, but the money goes further here than in does in the south east or London.”

While 16% of employees in Leeds were prepared to accept that London had something to offer (and a brave 1% were even willing to admit the North West – including Lancashire – offered more job satisfaction than Yorkshire & The Humber), none were willing to say that the South West or the East of England were the most fulfilling places to work in the country.

Perceptions aside, the most professionally fulfilled workers in the England are actually based in the South East.

Region

Fulfilled

South East

71%

London

70%

West Midlands

65%

North West

65%

South West

56%

Yorkshire & Humberside

52%

East Midlands

50%

East of England

48%

North East

42%

“Overall, how fulfilled do you feel in terms of your work?”

In the self-reported survey, 71% of employees based in the South East claim to be fulfilled, closely followed by the London at (70%). The least fulfilled employees in England are based in the North East (42%) and the East of England (48%).

The study was carried out as part of the research behind the 2014 Randstad Fulfilment @ Work Report available to download at www.randstad.co.uk.