UK Wages Uncovered

Trustpilot Logo

Rated Excellent on Trustpilot
(Over 2,000 Reviews)

Get immediate pricing Save up to 45%
Choose your business address

Can’t see the address? Enter manually

Are you comparing for a business or home?

Business

Home


Go Back
Select Utility
Now please select a utility I want to get prices for...
Gas
Electric
Gas & Electric
Water
Go Back
Next
Please enter your business gas information
How much do you spend & how often?

An estimate is fine if you don't have a bill to hand

Go Back
Get Prices

Let’s save time, can we automatically gather meter information?

? What does this mean?
To get your quotes at lightening speed we need several key pieces of information which can all be found on your electricity bill. But by simply ticking this box, we can search ‘industry held data’ to get your meter number, electricity consumption and current energy supplier. This means that we can get you quick quotes without asking you to dig out all of your paperwork. This is personal data therefore we need you to allow us to access this information.
Go Back

Do you know your electric meter number?

Does your meter number end in any of the following?

Go Back
Enter meter number
I don’t know
Please enter your business electricity information
How much do you spend & how often?

An estimate is fine if you don't have a bill to hand

Start date for a new contract?
Get Prices
Please enter your water information
How much do you spend & how often?

An estimate is fine if you don't have a bill to hand

Go Back
Get Prices

    Enter your details below to get quotes We’ve helped over 90,000 businesses
    Trustpilot Logo

    Rated Excellent on Trustpilot
    (Over 2,000 Reviews)

    Guide Author

    James Longley

    Managing Director

    min read
    Last Updated February 7, 2023
    UK Wages Uncovered

    Which cities in the UK have the best and worst salaries?

    The cost of living crisis has made the last half a year extremely tough for both families and businesses. Rising energy and gas prices have put a huge strain on low-income families and small businesses, which has made it more important than ever to compare business electricity prices and get the best rate from your business electricity suppliers.

    With wages varying across the UK, we wanted to find out which cities had the best wage in comparison to their cost of living. We’ve looked at the median annual salaries, the cost of living, and average working hours to find out the best UK cities to work in.

    Guildford named the highest earning city with a median annual salary of £4,000 more than London

    We’ve looked at the median annual salaries in the UK to find out which cities have the highest average salary.

    Locations with the highest average salary

    1. Guildford – £38,040 median annual salary

    Guildford takes the top spot with the highest median salary in the UK, with the rate just over £38,000 a year. Sitting southwest of London, Guildford’s median annual salary is £4,000 more than London, which sits in second place. Guildford has great links into London, which makes it an ideal place for people who work in the capital, but do not want to live there.

    2. London – £33,970 median annual salary

    The capital of England takes second place with a median salary of just under £34,000 a year. Not only is London the most populated city in the UK, but it’s also one of the most popular in Europe. It is also a great place for business, with the London Business School considered one of the best Universities for business in the world. Despite everything that London has to offer, it’s median annual salary is still not high enough for the top spot, which is particularly surprising given London has the highest cost of living in the UK.

    3. Reading – £30,925 median annual salary

    Completing our top three is Reading with a median annual salary of just under £31,000. Reading is best known for its annual music festival, however, it is also a popular location to live in due to its transport links to London. The University of Reading was also ranked 5th in the UK for business, management, and marketing graduate prospects.

    With a salary score of 7.86, Edinburgh has been named the best city to work in.

    We’ve looked at which UK cities have the best annual salary in comparison to their average working hours and cost of living score.

    Best city to work in

    1. Edinburgh – 7.86 salary score

    In top spot is the capital of Scotland with a salary score of 7.86 out of 10. Edinburgh has the lowest average working hours per week at just 35, joint with four other cities. Edinburgh also has a median annual salary of over £30,000.

    2. Cardiff – 7.14 salary score

    The capital of Wales takes second place with a salary score of 7.14 out of 10. The average working hours in Cardiff is an hour more than in Edinburgh, and although the median annual pay is lower, the cost of living is also lower.

    3. Aberdeen – 6.67 salary score

    Completing our top three is another Scottish city, Aberdeen, with a salary score of 6.67 out of 10. Although Aberdeen had the joint highest average working hours, the cost of living was the fourth lowest in the UK. Aberdeen’s median salary was the second highest in Scotland and the 12th highest in the UK at just over £27,000.

    Nottingham has been named the worst city to work in with a salary score of 2.62/10.

    Using the same data, we wanted to find out the cities with the worst annual wage when compared to their working hours and cost of living score.

    Worst city to work in

    1. Nottingham – 2.62 salary score

    Nottingham takes the top spot with a salary score of 2.62 out of 10. Nottingham’s median annual salary is the lowest in the UK at just over £22,000. Despite its low salary, Nottingham’s cost of living score is the 12th highest in the UK.

    2. Plymouth – 2.74 salary score

    Plymouth takes second place with a salary score of 2.74 out of 10. Plymouth’s annual salary is the fourth lowest in the UK at almost £23,500, and its cost of living index score is slightly higher than Nottingham’s.

    3. Derby – 3.81 salary score

    Completing our top three is Derby with a salary score of 3.81 out of 10. Like all cities in our top three, the average working hours in Derby is 37 hours per week. Derby’s median salary and cost of living score are both below average, at £26,700 and 61.3 respectively.

    Methodology

    We used data from the Office of National Statistics to find the median annual salaries and average working hours a week.

    We also used Numbeo to find the cost of living scores for different cities in the UK. We used the UK cities in Numbeo’s list to create our seeding list.

    We then put this data into a weighted table, giving each score a normalised score out of 10. We then took an average of these scores to get an overall salary score out of 10.

    Let us help with your business electricity comparison and business gas rates

    It only takes a couple of minutes to save £100's on your utility bills

    Go Back
    x

    Get your estimated savings in minutes

    We compare live prices from 27+ suppliers

    Get a quote in minutes Compare top UK suppliers Best price guarantee

    Trustpilot Logo

    Rated Excellent on Trustpilot
    (Over 2,000 Reviews)

    Get immediate pricing Save up to 45%
    Choose your business address

    Can’t see the address? Enter manually

    Are you comparing for a business or home?

    Business

    Home


    Go Back
    Select Utility
    Now please select a utility I want to get prices for...
    Gas
    Electric
    Gas & Electric
    Water
    Go Back
    Next
    Please enter your business gas information
    How much do you spend & how often?

    An estimate is fine if you don't have a bill to hand

    Go Back
    Get Prices

    Let’s save time, can we automatically gather meter information?

    ? What does this mean?
    To get your quotes at lightening speed we need several key pieces of information which can all be found on your electricity bill. But by simply ticking this box, we can search ‘industry held data’ to get your meter number, electricity consumption and current energy supplier. This means that we can get you quick quotes without asking you to dig out all of your paperwork. This is personal data therefore we need you to allow us to access this information.
    Go Back

    Do you know your electric meter number?

    Does your meter number end in any of the following?

    Go Back
    Enter meter number
    I don’t know
    Please enter your business electricity information
    How much do you spend & how often?

    An estimate is fine if you don't have a bill to hand

    Start date for a new contract?
    Get Prices
    Please enter your water information
    How much do you spend & how often?

    An estimate is fine if you don't have a bill to hand

    Go Back
    Get Prices

      Enter your details below to get quotes We’ve helped over 90,000 businesses