Living and working in Leeds

Leeds is the third biggest city in the UK and the regional capital of Yorkshire.

Photo of a man and a woman walking through the Victoria Quarter in Leeds with their shopping bags

In fact, a report published in July 2017 shows that the economy in Leeds is growing faster than London’s, with a job creation rate of 9.5% – exceeding that of the capital and northern rival Manchester.  Leeds benefits from a number of high growth industries, specialising in healthcare and medical technologies, education technology and game development.

With a population of nearly 800,000, Leeds has been dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North with its beautiful Victorian arcades and modern, vibrant shopping centres.

Getting here and getting around is no problem as it’s one of the best connected places outside of London; sitting on the East Coast Mainline railway and having great motorway networks and an international airport.

Leeds now has the second largest economy in the UK and one of the biggest financial and legal centres outside of London, employing 1.3 million people, and making it an excellent choice for anyone seeking a strong jobs market in an exciting, fashionable city.

Photograph of the River Aire and The Calls in LeedsLeeds was named the best city in Britain for quality of life in the 2016 Sustainable Cities report, beating the likes of London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The report looked at factors including health, education, income inequality, work-life balance, crime and living costs.

If you like sports, then look no further. Leeds was named best city in Yorkshire and fourth best in the UK to be a sports fan in 2017, with top flight cricket and rugby league teams playing a big part.

Previously Leeds had been highly ranked in other quality of life indexes thanks to average salaries of £22,677 (above the national average of £21,473) and the weekly cost of living in Leeds which comes in at £366 (well below the £414 UK average).

Average house prices in Leeds are £171,225 with average rents being £689 – comparing very favourably with its competitors in the south of England and making it an affordable choice.

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