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Tuesday 16th February 2016
What do M&S, Tetley Ale and Scary Spice all have in common? They all started out here, in Leeds.

In this blog find the top 10 reasons why we think all jobseekers should consider a role in Leeds.

1) Quality of Life 
Life is better in Leeds. No really, It’s been proven.

Leeds beat six other major English cities including Manchester and Birmingham in Money Supermarket’s 2015 “Quality of Living” index. For example: unemployment is at 6 percent in comparison to 7.7 percent in Birmingham and 9.2 in Bristol. The average weekly cost of living was also found to be relatively low at £377.60 per week in comparison to those in London at £480.00.

2) Size matters…
Despite being the fourth largest city in England. Leeds remains relatively compact. You can walk from one side of the city to the other within half an hour and see a range of different things when doing so: Historical landmarks such as the Town Hall, Leeds City Markets, and the Corn Exchange, not to mention the hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars.

3) Thriving jobs market
Leeds is in a period of rapid development at the moment and has enjoyed business growth of 39% over the last decade.

A number of major companies have their headquarters here including Asda, Jet2, GHD, First Direct, Leeds Building Society and Yorkshire Bank. The city is also popular with internet start-ups and has a thriving entrepreneurial skill pool and support network.

4) Salaries are on the rise
Who doesn’t want higher wages? We recently wrote a blog discussing the fact that recent data recorded from CV Library states that Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol were the three cities to come out on top in terms of strongest salary growth in 2015. 

5) Affordable rent and housing prices
The average city centre one bedroomed flat costs £575 per month while further afield prices drop to a palatable £425. This is much lower than other major cities, though of course you can find many cheaper and more expensive rentals to suit pretty much all budgets depending on where in Leeds you want to be.

Housing prices in Leeds (and the rest of The North) also tend to be more affordable than those in other areas of England. Including Bath, Oxford and Kent.

6) Gateway to "Gods Own County" – Yorkshire
Leeds is in the heart of Yorkshire, allowing easy access to all the other sights of Yorkshire, including the Yorkshire Moors, York, Harrogate and Scarborough to name but a few.

7) Good Schools…
If you have children you’ll be pleased to know that the Leeds area is home to some really high performing state schools. These schools have a high proportion of pupils attaining A – C grades at GCSE and A-Level.

8) Great night life…
Leeds has a vibrant night life that will suit all tastes. Whether you’re after sophisticated prohibition style cocktails, or American beer in a dive bar, heavy metal, or soul, Leeds has something for you. 

The eclectic music scene in Leeds is also a massive added bonus for habitants. The city and surrounding areas are home to an array of live music venues from the independent Headrow House, Belgrave Music Hall and Wire, to the big dogs like Leeds’ 2013 entry, the First Direct Arena, which has held the likes of Elton John, Prince and Bruce Springsteen in the last two years. Leeds has music events on daily to suit whatever it is you’re into.

9) Great shopping and restaurant scene…
Leeds has undergone significant investment over the years into its shopping district. 2013 marked the opening of the multi million pound Trinity shopping centre which has proved very popular with Leeds shoppers. The city is also home to a Harvey Nichols and other high-end brands including Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Vivien Westwood.

In Leeds you won’t find a cloned city centre with your average trade mark chain taking the lime light. Leeds prides itself on its support of the local community, because of this you can find a great selection of independent bars, restaurants and shops unique to Leeds. (Click here to find out more)

At the heart of the Leeds retail scene since 1857 is Leeds Kirkgate Market, home to some of the most characterful traders in the city, with businesses spanning generations and representing a wide range of nationalities including a Polish delicatessen and a Chinese supermarket, an Asian Bazaar every Wednesday morning and regular farmer’s markets. Leeds market is also one of the largest in Europe!

10) Great people!
You’ll be in good company in Leeds! Leeds is full of friendly people making it a pleasant, safe place to live. 

There’s so many more points that make this city as great as it is, which is why we think you should make your next relocation to Leeds!

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