It’s a frequent misconception that it’s grim up north. But the success of Manchester as a northern business hub begs to differ.
A recent article by thedailytouch.com dispels the myth in spectacular fashion, pointing out 42 ways in which Manchester is a better base than London for graduates seeking to advance their careers.
The article points out how the cost of living in Manchester is 40% cheaper than in the capital, the average house is a third of the price and the daily commute is 16 minutes shorter each way.
Other perks are the friendliness of fellow citizens and the excellent transport links offered by the city, including the “busiest bus route in Europe” (the Oxford Road corridor) and our distinctive yellow trams.
The daily touch website, which delivers news and advice to the UK student community, also points to the strong cultural scene in our northern metropolis, noting the area’s rich musical heritage and the striking street art that can be seen around town.
Speaking of culture, the beautiful, newly renovated Central Library is also deemed worthy of a mention, as are the Cornerhouse independent cinema and the Museum of Science and Industry, all at the heart of the city centre.
When comparing Manchester to London, one recent development that must be discussed is the arrival of the BBC studios at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. Since this successful London export landed in our area, a plethora of new jobs has been brought to the North West, cementing Greater Manchester’s importance in terms of national media.
What is more, the proximity to green space which our city offers is also emphasised, with the urban Piccadilly Gardens on the one hand, and the suburban charms of Platt Fields and Heaton Parks on the other.
Along with excellent shopping, eating and sports opportunities, one very positive – and perhaps surprising— fact about Manchester is its relatively low gender pay gap. According to the report, the 9.6% shortfall in the average female’s pay packet, when compared with her male counterpart, is 8% less than the national average, which stands at 17.7%. Whilst the article acknowledges that the pay gap is still troubling, it seems Manchester is at the forefront when it comes to eradicating this national problem.
As the UK’s new graduates don their robes and receive their shiny new degree certificates this summer, it might just pay, therefore, for them to consider Manchester rather than London as they enter the big wide world of work.
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