Newcastle, Liverpool among best UK cities for creatives

A new poll by Solopress has revealed the places to earn the best salaries if you work in the creative industry.

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With the number of jobs in the creative sector rising by 34.5% in the last ten years, economic experts remain optimistic about the future for creative workers, predicting that the sector will recover from the pandemic faster than the UK economy as a whole by 2025.

The national average salary for a creative job role is £36,829 in the United Kingdom and while London unsurprisingly tops the list of highest-paying cities, regional hubs like Liverpool (5th) and Newcastle (7th) aren’t far behind. And let’s not forget Edinburgh and Glasgow which sit at third and fourth in the list respectively and offer thriving creative jobs’ markets.

Liverpool plays a key role in the growth of creative and digital industries in the UK, with the city being home to the second fastest-growing digital cluster in the country.

Meanwhile, Newcastle has one of the UK’s fastest-growing technology sectors, offering more than 1,300 job opportunities. Aside from ranking as the UK’s 7th highest-paying city for creative roles, the city is renowned for being a hotspot for digital agencies – perfect for anyone seeking a job in web development, digital marketing or design.

Glasgow, of course, was named the top cultural and creative centre of the UK in 2019 in a report from the European Commission due to the city’s cultural participation and tolerance.

In London alone, the arts industry generated £58 billion for the national economy in 2019, further confirming the city’s status as a thriving creative hub, while sixth-placed Birmingham boasts a vast, expanding creative economy that employs nearly 50,000 people and generates £4.1 billion Gross Value Added per annum.

The Top 7 Highest-Paying Cities for Creative Roles in the UK

  1.  London – £43,472
  2. Manchester  – £37,499
  3. Edinburgh – £35,889
  4. Glasgow – £33,912
  5. Liverpool – £33,903
  6. Birmingham – £33,197
  7. Newcastle-upon-Tyne – £32,732

(Check-a-Salary, Retail Choice)

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