which are the top cities in the UK for pay rises?

If you’re hoping to secure yourself a pay rise this year, now could be the perfect time! In fact, a new report from CV-Library saw a 7.6 per cent increase in 2018, with many of the nation’s key cities also seeing above average hikes in pay last year.

The report from CV-Library analysed job market data throughout 2018 and compared this with statistics from 2017. The findings revealed that average salaries were on the rise across the UK, making these the top cities for a pay rise this year:

1. Glasgow – Pay up by 11.3 per cent making the average salary £35,100
2. Birmingham – Pay up by 9.7 per cent making the average salary £35,110
3. Liverpool – Pay up by 6.6 per cent making the average salary £32,170
4. Portsmouth – Pay up by 5 per cent making the average salary £32,010
5. Southampton – Pay up by 4.5 per cent making the average salary £32,200
6. Brighton – Pay up by 4.4 per cent making the average salary £32,090
7. Manchester – Pay up by 4.2 per cent making the average salary £32,220
8. Leicester – Pay up by 2.5 per cent making the average salary £30,950
9. London – Pay up by 2.4 per cent making the average salary £38,600
10. Edinburgh – Pay up by 1.5 per cent making the average salary £32,790

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, commented,

Throughout 2018 there was a great deal of competition for businesses to attract and secure the most talented professionals, hence why certain cities have seen such a jump in pay. As such, if you’re looking to secure a pay rise in the year ahead, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to do so, especially in some of the UK’s most influential cities.

What’s more, job vacancies were also on the rise in 2018 and this trend is only set to continue this year. In fact, advertised vacancies soared in the following cities, making these the best places to find a new job in 2019:

1. Newcastle – Jobs up 39.6 per cent
2. Nottingham – Jobs up 35.4 per cent
3. Aberdeen – Jobs up 30.5 per cent
4. Glasgow – Jobs up 17.5 per cent
5. Liverpool – Jobs up 15.5 per cent
6. Edinburgh – Jobs up 14.8 per cent
7. Portsmouth – Jobs up 13.6 per cent
8. London – Jobs up 12.7 per cent
9. Manchester – Jobs up 12.2 per cent
10. Leeds – Jobs up 12 per cent

Biggins commented,

January is always a great time to look for a new job, as many employers look to strengthen their existing workforce. If you’re considering a new role or perhaps even thinking about relocating this year, these major cities have lots to offer, especially when it comes to exciting job opportunities. So don’t delay any further, start your job search today!





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