As part of our #GoNorth
campaign, representatives of some of the biggest Manchester digital
and media agencies have undersigned our Open Letter to London,
encouraging digital professionals to consider a move to Manchester
and its thriving digital scene...
If after reading about
how amazing it is to live and work in Manchester, you want to be a
part of something special and join the city that was once at the
heart of an industrial revolution and is now at the heart of a
digital one, then have a look at our job vacancies here.
We, the undersigned, are writing to
digital and media professionals in London to encourage you to
consider a move to Manchester, the thriving digital capital of the
North, for a better quality of life.
We, as representatives of some of
the biggest digital and media agencies in the North West, believe
that the North West is a land of opportunity, both professionally
and personally - with a significantly higher earning potential in
real terms and far greater standard of living
Via the #GoNorth campaign the
region has spoken too, as the digital and media community has given
you 100 reasons why Manchester and the Northwest is such a great
place to both to live and work in, to encourage those who might be
thinking about changing jobs to think about working here in the
There is currently a huge shortage
of candidates with digital expertise in the North, particularly the
Northwest and Manchester, so there is lots of opportunity for those
in the sector who would consider relocating.
Recent research by The Candidate,
digital marketing recruitment specialists, has highlighted the
North / South divide in real terms of income and standards of
living, showing that for those that would consider the move 'up
North' it could be very lucrative.
The research showed that yes,
salaries might be higher down south, but with the cost of living
significantly more expensive, a northern professional is left with
considerably more disposable income to spend, save and invest and
live a higher standard of living.
Our independent research showed a
33.54% higher cost of living in London than in Manchester. This was
based on consumer prices, including rent, food, shopping and
However, the difference is not
reflected in salary, for example, the average salary for a digital
marketing professional living in Manchester is around £25,001,
while in London pay is only 18 per cent higher at
Accommodation prices were the most
significantly different with the average rental costs in London
over 109.68% higher than in Manchester. An average one bedroom flat
in Manchester was £650.00 pcm, whereas, in London it was £1,400
pcm. This demonstrates that middle management in London would be
spending a significantly higher portion on rental costs.
So what are you waiting for - there
are plenty of jobs available in the digital marketing and media
sector in the North West. The digital scene is thriving and with
MediaCityUK now just outside of Manchester city centre, it is
definitely the best place for digital outside London.
And to help you make up your mind,
here are 100 great reasons why the North West is best, written by
digital and media professionals already living and working here;
100 Great Reasons to #GoNorth
Digital Operations Director
Managing Director - MEC Organic Performance