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The Top Ten Cities Outside London Where Graduates Want to Work


Recruitment platform TalentPool has revealed the top ten UK cities outside London where graduates want to work.

New analysis of the 100,000+ graduate and early career job seekers registered on the site, showed Bristol is the most popular city to look for work outside of the capital – for the second year running.

As the leading platform for start-up and SME jobs, it comes as no surprise that TalentPool candidates also showed an interest in the vibrant startup scenes in Brighton, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Manchester, which scores well in rankings for business and liveability, was a popular choice. And other top ten locations, including Liverpool and Southampton, are popular cities among millennials, according to Totally Money.

Top 10 UK cities outside London where graduates want to work:

  • Bristol
  • Oxford
  • Brighton
  • Southampton
  • Birmingham
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds
  • Edinburgh
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham

The ranking mirrors findings of the Good Growth Cities report, released earlier this month by PwC and Demos, which also sees Bristol, Oxford, Southampton and Edinburgh among the top 10 UK cities for living and working.

Sophie Hudson, TalentPool’s Director of Marketing and User Experience, said of the new data:

“There’s no denying that London offers graduates a broad choice of career-launching and boosting opportunities. However, great opportunities – particularly with startups and small companies – certainly aren’t restricted to the capital. As we’re seeing at TalentPool, there’s an appetite to work for new and fast-growing companies around the country.”

Despite uncertainties around Brexit, TalentPool candidates also showed an interest in opportunities abroad. And more than 600 intrepid job seekers were willing to consider posts as far away as Antarctica.

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