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By Hayley Shayestehroo

An increasing number of people are now open to relocating for a job opportunity, with more daring to cross the North/South boundary and head to beautiful Yorkshire.

I speak with numerous Regulatory Affairs professionals daily who are currently living in the South East but are “open” to relocating. What “open” actually means is up for debate; a lot of people who are initially “open” to relocating often become a little hesitant once they investigate further. Selling a property, property hunting, checking out the nice places to live in the new area, school hunting (if you have kids), standard and cost of living, things to do, transport links – the list of things to consider before making the move to an unknown area of the country is endless!

So why are more and more people still opting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in the South (and the added stress of moving) to relocate up North? Here, we look at the benefits of making the move to the home of the Yorkshire Pudding, the Brontë Sisters and Last of the Summer Wine...

Cost of living

It is renown that the further up North you live, the more reasonable your cost of living is. Compared with living in the Capital, your disposable income every month is considerably higher living in Yorkshire. Anything from the price of a pint of milk (81p in Yorkshire vs 94p in London) to house prices you’ll find are more reasonable in Yorkshire than in the South. Which leads me nicely on to…

House prices

It’s no secret that property prices in the Capital are higher than anywhere else in the UK and rightly so – you’re living in a capital city! However, more and more people are now opting for a rural lifestyle and are escaping city life in favour of the countryside, where they can get much more bang for their buck when it comes to property. Did you know, the average property price in London is a staggering £644,631 compared to the average price in Yorkshire is in the region of £193k?!

In comparison, your salary won’t drop massively by moving up North, so you’ll have more money in your account at the end of the month. Kerching!

Work/life balance

Let’s face it, no one wants to be stuck on the tube for an hour everyday commuting to the office (London commuters have the longest commuting times that anywhere else in the country!). How much easier would life be if you could jump in your car everyday at 5pm, drive home in less than 30 mins, to spend the evening with yours kids after school, rather than spending that same time stuck on a busy tube or even worse, re-routing your commute home because Southern Rail have cancelled all their trains again…?

Best of both worlds

If you’re not ready to completely lose the city life, Yorkshire really does have the best of both worlds. Idyllic countryside and home to two National Parks, over 10 National Trust sites and various beaches as well as being on the doorstep of major cities including Leeds, York and Hull (the latter being the City of Culture 2017!)

Foodies and friendliness

You could be living in the home of the Yorkshire Pudding…need I say more? Plus, Yorkshire folk do proper fish and chips (if you know, you know 😊). The people of Yorkshire have regularly been voted the friendliest in the UK - striking up conversation with people they don’t know is a favourite pastime, so they’ll be no more worrying about accidentally making eye contact with fellow commuters on the tube.

Lower stress levels

A recent study found that employees in Yorkshire experience lower stress levels than the average British worker - probably something to do with all the fresh air and better work life balance!

Being half Yorkie myself, I could go on all day about how beautiful a place Yorkshire is (I’m not biased AT. ALL….) but if you don’t believe me check out these cool facts about the biggest county in the UK.   

The North is abundant with interesting job opportunities too. I recruit for Regulatory Affairs within Pharma and Medical Devices and always have plenty of opportunities to discuss with candidates who are looking to make a move! Click here to see all my current vacancies or get in touch for an informal chat about how I could help today:

+44 (0)1625 361 072 or hayley@carrotpharma.co.uk

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