It’s called the Great Resignation. Not just something that is happening in the UK, but across the globe as a recent survey by the World Economic Forum stated that one in five employees in the next year were “extremely or very likely to switch employers.” Some are looking to change careers completely, while others are looking to change location. In a previous blog we have shared why Gloucestershire is becoming more and more of a desirable place to work. Named last year as Sunday Times best place to live in the UK, many are flocking to Stroud and the wider Gloucestershire area to get a slice of the tranquil environment and also its convenient commuter transport links. Not to mention its plethora of great jobs and industry which are proud to call Gloucestershire home including Pentadel Project Management, Laithwaites Wine and Pro-Cook.
But if you’re relocating from a bustling city or overseas location, what are the key things you need to bear in mind when moving to Gloucestershire?
The Housing Market Can Be Competitive - Throughout the pandemic we have seen house prices in more rural areas sky-rocket due to the demand of workers yearning for a move to the countryside. When searching for a new job in the area, it’s also important to be realistic about where you’ll live and what you can afford within your budget and how that’ll compete with your salary and the cost of living. Check out estate agency sites, look up new builds that are on the horizon, or look at the rental market if you’re still toying with the idea of moving to the area full time.
Excellent Work-Life Balance - With so many wide open spaces for long walks at the weekend, great independent shops and festivals, there are plenty of ways to get that perfect work life balance for both families and individuals alike. There are some true hub spots in the area which are fantastic for entertainment and also explore the culture of the area too.
Great Connections to Larger Cities - Another great asset of Gloucestershire is its transport links. Situated just an hour and a half on the train to London Paddington from Stroud, easy access links to the M5 and Bristol or Birmingham Airport not too far away in the distance, it’s a great location to expand your net if you’re still looking for that city job but with the benefits of countryside living.
The Jobs Market is Thriving - You don’t need to look at the Omega website twice without noticing just how much demand there is for employees in Gloucestershire right now. Every week our site is bustling with new opportunities, so it’s worth doing your research and speak to our committed team if you have any questions about careers in the area. We have many consultants who have lived in the area for years and can point you in the right direction and guide you to getting the right job for you. It may be daunting at first, especially if you’re relocating from a different area or even a different field, but there’s certainly a supportive network of people here to help. According to comparemymove.com Gloucestershire also has a ‘greater proportion of professional occupations and a more qualified population compared to the rest of the country.’
Impressive Schools - As well as moving to the area for work it’s also worth considering where your children will go to school if you’re looking to move as a family. Gloucestershire boasts many ‘Outstanding’ schools rated by Ofsted and has an array of prestigious independent schools such as Cheltenham Ladies’ College and St Edward’s School as well as the University of Gloucestershire. For children, the area is a great place for them to thrive and make friends easily.
The Future is Bright for Gloucestershire - There are many plans afoot for putting Gloucestershire even more on the map. From Cheltenham aiming to secure itself as the cyber capital of the UK to Invest in Gloucestershire doing exactly what it says - investing in the area to be even more environmentally and technological savvy - a greater and brighter future for all is just around the corner.
At Omega we provide a wide range of temporary, contract and permanent opportunities, in partnership with leading employers nationwide. We’ll work with you to find that perfect role to get you back on the ladder. Speak to our team on 01453 827333 to see how we can help you or visit our website to view our latest opportunities in the Engineering, Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Defence, Scientific, Oil & Gas, Logistics and Manufacturing sectors.
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