Liverpool one of the top UK locations for good work/life balance

Survey by one of the UK’s biggest job sites, CV-Library, also reveals two-thirds of workers in the city are prepared to leave their job if the work-life balance is wrong for them. Tony McDonough reports

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Work/life balance is high on the agenda for Liverpool workers, according to CV-Library

 

Liverpool is one of the best places to live and work in the UK, according to a new study.

And the survey by one of the UK’s biggest job sites, CV-Library, also reveals two-thirds of workers in the city are prepared to leave their job if the work-life balance is wrong for them, with 98.3% placing it high on their own agendas.

CV-Library spoke to 1,200 workers in cities across the UK about their work-life balance and it found that 66.7% of people in Liverpool were happy with their jobs and their lives.

Selling point

In recent years Liverpool has made an effort to sell itself as one of the best places in the country to live and work. It offers lower living costs than other comparative cities and offers a wealth of leisure opportunities.

A number of office developments now use it as a selling point when looking to attract occupiers with Liverpool’s No 4 St Paul’s Square one of the most pro-active locations.

Glasgow came top of the work-life balance league table with 77.8% of people in the city expressing their content. This was followed by Nottingham (71.1%), Sheffield (70.6%), Liverpool (66.7%), Bristol, 65.9%, Southampton (63.9%), London (63.8%), Leeds (63%), Cardiff (62.5%) and Manchester (54.9%).

Liverpool also came second in the table showing the number of workers who have actually left their jobs due to being unhappy at the work-life balance. Top was Southampton (69.4%), Liverpool (62.1%), London (59.6%), Glasgow (59.3%), Sheffield (58.8%), Newcastle (57.4%), Bristol (53.7%), Nottingham (51.1%), Leeds (50.2%) and Edinburgh (46.4%).

Flexible working

Lee Biggins, founder and chief executive of CV-Library, said: “Achieving a reasonable work-life balance nowadays is certainly challenging, especially if your employer is piling on the pressure and technology is enabling you to work from anywhere, at any time.

“While it may prove difficult to obtain a good work-life balance, the results from Liverpool show that it’s possible. So consider what you can do to make it work: whether it’s approaching your boss about flexible working, or making a conscious effort to leave work on time.”  

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