A new study shows that Glasgow is one of the best major cities in the UK for university graduates to live and work in.

In comparison to other cities Glasgow tops the list for pay prospects, giving graduates in the city more disposable income than anywhere else in the UK.

Analysis from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has compared pay, living costs and future prospects between Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Southampton, Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester, which are argued as the best cities for graduates to live in.

Glasgow commands the highest graduate pay packets, on an average of £26,195 per year, and graduates in Glasgow can expect their salary to rise by 25.4% in the near future. The average city salary is £32,856 per annum.

Living costs also come out great for Glasgow graduates. Graduates who are looking to buy a house in five years’ time need only save 17.9% of their monthly salary needs saved equating to £201.67 per month. In comparison, Londoners who wish the same need to save 80.5% of their average monthly pay per month – equating to £799.66.


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Glasgow boasts the highest amounts of monthly disposable income in the study, with graduates having an average of £1,129.51 left after paying bills and rent. Professionals in Cardiff have some of the lowest amounts of disposable income - £946.46 - while Londoners have £993.38.

Katie Jones, 22, is a foundation manager for a sports charity based in Glasgow. “Glasgow has amazing job opportunities, and the city has a lot to offer in terms of culture and things to do. Unlike charities who have their offices in London or in the capital,we are able to have very small overheads which I feel is only responsible.

“I believe that because of the cheap rent, more and more people are being inspired to start their own businesses and enterprises meaning that the food and drink scene is always evolving. In terms of disposable income, a lot of the best things in Glasgow are free like the green spaces, the galleries and the museums.”

Robbie Armstrong, 29, is a Glasgow-based radio producer who returned to settle after a year teaching English in the French Carribean.

“Glasgow is a great place for studying, working and living. It’s a vibrant, green and welcoming place where people are happy to chat and help where they can.


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“Rent is relatively cheap here – especially in parts of the Southside and the East End – which are like little towns within themselves strong communities. There’s so many cheap places to eat great food; it’s one of the greenest cities in the UK, and there’s a thriving night life and arts scene.”

Rowan Reijiniers-Salisbury, 23, is originally from Edinburgh but moved to Glasgow after he graduated from university in 2017. He rents a flat in Queen’s Park and works in the new Everyman’s Cinema in Princes Square.

“I moved to Glasgow with a friend a short time after graduating. I wasn’t looking for anything permanent, but I’ve decided to stay.

“I have recommended moving to Glasgow to other graduates –it’s a great city with so much for anyone, regardless of what they want to do.”

“I have been starting to pursue a future in creative self-employment and Glasgow, for me, feels like a great place to do it – I’m free to do it both with my time, and finances. I don’t think I’d be able to do that in other cities.”