London is a great place to live and work, for many reasons. With the demand for cyber jobs in the UK going through the roof, it almost doesn’t matter where you live, as there is likely to be someone recruiting. However, London has some additional benefits, as well as the most amount of opportunities.
Opportunity. The opportunity in London is significant. 75% of the Fortune 500 have London offices. Leaders in banking, finance, insurance, consulting, pharmaceuticals and utilities all have offices here. Add to that, the several start-up hubs for well-financed and innovative companies. Whatever industry you want to work in, you are going to find it in London.
Pick your area. As well as different industries and companies, each part of London is a different village in itself. Canary Wharf is trendy, with a relaxed dress sense and busy vibe. The City feels more traditional and Shoreditch is uber trendy and laid back. The West End is smart, slick and with a relaxed way of doing business that comes from having huge amounts of money. Whatever working atmosphere appeals to you, you are catered for.
The buzz. London has a buzz like no other. Even New York can’t match up to London when the sun is shining. There are so many people walking around and here to do business, it is an exciting place to be.
The people. The people in London are fantastic to work with. With some of the highest salaries in the UK, you are going to be working with people at the top of their field. As an international city, you are likely to work with people from different cultures, bringing it’s own benefits. It might take you a while to get used to not smiling at people on the tube, but Londoners are a polite and helpful bunch when they need to be.
The transport. Yes really. While traffic in London is exceptionally bad, the transport links are actually pretty good. Yes, things get delayed and the wrong kind of rain can have you stood waiting for a tube, but you can get to most places in London on public transport. You can even travel by boat. Add to that the recently launched night tube; you can stay out all night long, enjoying the best that London has to offer.
The culture. There is so much to do in London. From museums to the newest pop-up bars, London has it all. The London Eye, the art galleries, the plays, the parks; the list is endless.
The money. The money is good. Working in London tends to pay 10-20% more than roles in other parts of the UK. Living in the centre of London is expensive, but with those transport links we already mentioned, you can live in greater London or Home Counties and experience the best of both worlds. If you want to get on in your cyber career, London is the place to be!
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