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November 28, 2011 12:04 ET

4 of the Best Cities for Jobs in the UK

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2011) - If your job search is proving fruitless, it may be time to widen your criteria and look at neighbouring cities, or maybe even consider moving to an area where there's a better supply of jobs. But with all the doom and gloom surrounding UK employment, which cities are proving more prosperous than others?

Jobs Today take a look at four of the best cities in the UK for jobs.

Aberdeen

Thanks largely to the strength of the cities energy industry, Aberdeen has proved to be a Scottish powerhouse, maintaining a high level of employment, seeing an increase in the average weekly earnings and a experiencing a low rate of young people not in education, employment or training (called the Neet rate).

Bristol

According to government statistics, over 50% of people living in Bristol can be classed as 'wealthy achievers.(1)' This figure is perhaps bolstered by the likes of AXA and other powerful financial institutions that reside here, leading to a healthy amount of business and IT jobs. Similarly, Bristol also boasts a low Neet rate and also experienced the highest growth in private sector jobs between 1998 and 2008(2).

Leeds

Leeds has remained relatively well insulated against the economic crisis and it is believed it will benefit highly from the increase in demand for UK-made products from overseas companies. Leeds is one of the country's largest production centres (second only to London), but it doesn't need to rely on this sector, with finance and business markets also remaining stable.

Reading

Last year, Reading was labelled as one of the cities expected to experience considerable growth and emerge from the economic downturn relatively unharmed. It seems this prediction was correct, with an employment rate 5.8% above the national average(3). As the city relies less on public sector jobs, Reading could help to make a large contribution to the country's recovery.

Notes to editor:

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(1) We Find Jobs, Top 5 UK Cities for Jobs, http://www.wefindjobs.co.uk/top-uk-cities-for-jobs (2011).

(2) The Telegraph, Britain's best cities for jobs: in pictures, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/8388661/Britains-best-cities-for-jobs-in-pictures.html?image=5 (2011).

(3) Centre for Cities, Cities Outlook 2011: Annual index reveals UK cities best placed to create jobs and drive economic recovery, http://www.centreforcities.org/cities-outlook-2011-annual-index-reveals-uk-cities-best-placed-to-create-jobs-and-drive-economic-recovery.html (2011).

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