SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 39
BUYING AND SELLING ▲
When it comes to employment,
Sarah says that the statistic which is
most pertinent for jobseekers is not
how many roles are available, but how
many people are chasing them - and
Cambridge has 10 times as many
vacancies advertised than it has
jobseekers applying for them.
The city has a reputation as one
of Britain's historic seats of learning
- but it has more than academic life
to offer: it is home to some 4,300
It claims to be Britain's answer
to Silicon Valley, attracting lots of
start-up technology firms as well as
established giants such as Microsoft
and Apple, and there are cluster-hubs
for video-game developers.
However, Cambridge was not the
best place to live because, although
the average salary is £35,000, local
house prices are also very high,
'You have to strike a balance between
jobs and houses, so look for reasonably
priced areas with jobs,' says Sarah.
If Cambridge is still too pricey for
young people to get a foot on the
property ladder, where else in the
country can offer similar prospects
for a lower price?
For that, you need to head across
England to Bristol, which Sarah and Dr
Rae found is the best place for starting
up a business based on entrepreneurial
activity, infrastructure, business-survival
rates and broadband speeds.
'Misery loves company', or so the old
saying goes; but in this South West city,
Going on budget alone, the
most affordable properties in
the UK were found in Scotland
- a two-bedroom home in
East Dunbartonshire sells for
around £100,000. The area
contains many of Glasgow's
north-west suburbs and is a
20-minute train commute from
the city centre.
It also contains the starting
point for the West Highland
Way: a 96-mile hiking route
leading to Fort William, taking
in Loch Lomond, Glencoe and
the lovely valley of Glen Nevis.
Offering a suburban
lifestyle with easy access to
city entertainments and the
beautiful Scottish Highlands,
moving north of the border
could be a great chance for
20-somethings to get on
the property ladder without
saddling themselves with
an enormous mortgage.
Over the border in England,
one of the cheapest places
to buy is in the picturesque
port town of Whitehaven in
Cumbria, but the area has
rather a narrow range of jobs.
High cycling rates are one indicator
of a healthy, active community, but
the ONS is keen to assess more than
wealth and productivity.
Irish people are famous worldwide
for their craic, so it's perhaps
unsurprising that Belfast has the
country's highest levels of wellbeing
- something the locals attribute
to a collective self-deprecating sense
of humour and community spirit.
'The ONS measures personal
wellbeing by conducting a survey
across the country,' says Dr Rae.
'It asks questions about happiness,
about health, about how content
people are, about how they feel in
relation to their personal satisfaction
- about their whole lives. So the ONS
is really concerned about measuring
something that we can't find out
from how much people earn.'
In Belfast's northern suburb,
three-bedroom detached houses sell
for around £170,000, and there is
a strong neighbourly spirit that has
endured through the Troubles.
Trevor Gordon, a librarian, said
on the show: 'This is a city on the up
- it's leaving the baggage of the past
behind and looking to the future.' >
'YOU HAVE TO STRIKE A BALANCE
BETWEEN JOBS AND HOUSES,
SO LOOK OUT FOR REASONABLY
PRICED AREAS WITH JOBS'
it seems success loves company also.
Three thousand new businesses start
up here every year, drawn to the city's
vibrant community that encourages
and supports entrepreneurs.
Bristol was even awarded first place
in a separate study on overall places to
live by The Sunday Times that looked
at crime rates, house prices and school
performances, rather than focusing
on people in their 20s.
It's a forward-thinking place, too,
dubbed the most bike-friendly UK city
by Cycling Plus magazine, due to the
uptake of two-wheeled transport
- with fewer of the dangers cyclists
face on London's traffic-choked roads.
IS GREAT FOR
HAS BEEN DRAWING
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