It's official Milton Keynes is second best place to work in UK
Milton Keynes is officially the second best place in the country in which to work.
A survey has shown salaries are higher in MK and job satisfaction rates are good.
Housing is also more affordable, which means workers have more disposable income, states the report released this week by leading online recruitment company Glassdoor.
They list the top 20 places in the UK to work. Top of the list is Cambridge, which has the greatest job satisfaction score. But the average salary there is lower than Milton Keynes and house prices are higher.
Third on the list is Nottingham, followed by Leeds, Peterborough and Coventry.
Surprisingly London is not in the top 20 - mainly because it is such an expensive place to live, said Glassdoor chief economist Dr Andrew Chamberlain.
Milton Keynes, where more than 76 per cent of the working population are in work , has one of the best employment rates in the country.
The past year has been a particular success story, with unemployment among 18 to 24-year-olds plummeting by a whopping 25 per cent.
During the same period the number of people of all ages claiming benefits dropped by almost 20 per cent, which is twice the national average rate.
CMK Jobcentre spokesman Charlotte Turrell said:“There are now more people in Milton Keynes in work than ever before.
“This is a credit to the hard-working people and businesses alike.”
Unemployment has been dropping steadily in MK for the past five years. In 2010 there were 6,720 people claiming Jobseekers allowance, but today that is down to 2,045.
The Jobcentre attributes much of the success to the “vibrant” nature of MK and the businesses it attracts.
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