The Best Place to Work in the UK is... Slough. Again.

By Holly Brockwell on at

Slough gets a pretty hard time of it. There was Sir John Betjeman's famous poem inviting "friendly bombs" to fall on it, there's the lingering spectacle of David Brent, and there are all the people who insist on pronouncing it to rhyme with 'cough' because they're so clever and original.

But residents of Britain's most-maligned town have something pretty strong to fire back with: for the second year in a row, Slough has been named the best place to work in the UK.

Recruitment site Glassdoor has just announced this year's top 25 places to work, and Slough is once again top of the list. The Berkshire town scored 4.3 out of 5 (although job satisfaction was lower at 3.4/5), and currently offers more than 22,000 jobs at a median salary of £29k. Hiring companies include, Mars and Nando's.

Here's how it's worked out:

This ranking highlights UK towns and cities according to their Glassdoor Town & City Score, a figure determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job, how affordable it is to live there and how satisfied employees are working there.

London didn't make the top 25, "primarily because of the cost of living and the competition for jobs."

Here's the rest of the list:

  1. Slough
  2. Gloucester
  3. Cambridge
  4. Reading
  5. Guildford
  6. Stoke-on-Trent
  7. Manchester
  8. Derby
  9. Bolton
  10. Chelmsford
  11. Oxford
  12. Blackburn
  13. Swindon
  14. Nottingham
  15. Birmingham
  16. Coventry
  17. Belfast
  18. Leeds
  19. Liverpool
  20. Norwich
  21. Southampton
  22. Bristol
  23. Aberdeen
  24. Preston
  25. Falkirk

You can see the full list here, sadly lacking information about the quality of coworkers at each location. I'm not moving to Slough only to find there's a kitchen-note-leaver in the office.