Slough named best place to work in the UK

Published: 24 October 2018

Slough has retained the top spot in the Glassdoor '25 Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In' ranking for 2018, ahead of Gloucester and tech hub Cambridge.

Now in its third year, the list is compiled by ranking UK towns and cities with the highest Glassdoor score. Towns and cities are judged on three equally weighted categories: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable it is to live there (cost of living), and how satisfied employees are working there (overall job satisfaction).

Slough has topped the rankings once again this year due to its high number of jobs compared to the local population and relatively high average salaries when compared to living costs in the area.

The council’s Chief Executive, Josie Wragg, said: “Slough is a place like no other. We’re small in size but big on ambition and potential.

“Our vibrant town is a wonderful place to build and maintain a successful career. Slough offers people excellent job opportunities, affordable living and high levels of employee satisfaction. We have a thriving economy that continues to grow and great transport links, both within the UK and abroad.

“We are thrilled to be named the best UK town to work in for the second year running. We’re incredibly proud of our town and the talented and diverse workforce that is shaping our future.”

Leader of the council, Cllr James Swindlehurst, added: “Slough is a strong working town, home to all types of workers; from big business headquarters to smaller enterprises and entrepreneurs. Last year saw us named the most productive place to work in the UK, beating London in to second place.

“We’re an economic success story, with more corporate headquarters in our town than the whole of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland put together.

“Slough means business and we have ambitious plans for our town. We are continuing to invest in our infrastructure, from schools, health and leisure, to transport and new homes. The arrival of Crossrail and the third runway at Heathrow will make us even more attractive as a place for business and investment.

“Our proud town is not only a great place to work, it’s a great place to live too.”

Amanda Stansell, Glassdoor Economic Research Analyst, said: “Slough is now firmly established as one of the best areas in the UK to work, because of its consistently high employee satisfaction and job opportunities relative to its population. It is also home to a huge range of employers. With plans now agreed for Heathrow’s third runway and the new Crossrail coming, its growth potential is very positive.”