Southampton ranked self-employed's top city
Southampton is the best place in the UK to be self-employed, shows an analysis of freelancers’ working hours, life satisfaction, pay and other financial factors.
The South coast city trumped London, Edinburgh, Brighton and Sheffield on other issues that freelancers in all major UK cities were asked about, such as holidays, loans and expenses.
Yearly earnings per self-employed person also saw the Hampshire port city come out on top, as its freelancers typically earn £39, 024 -- higher than the UK average of £32, 623.
And with just 26 hours in their working week, Southampton’s self-employed tend to work two hours less each week than the average city-based freelancer.
“This [first place] ranking will be particularly welcome news to Southampton residents,” said Dominic Allon, of online accounting firm Intuit Europe, which ran the analysis after polling over 5,000 self-employed people.
In Southampton, added Mr Allon, the firm’s managing director, the freelance workforce “has carved out the best balance to earn more, work less and be happier.”
Intuit added that despite both high house prices and costs of living in the south east of England, Southampton, London and Brighton all made the top five cities in the eyes of self-employed people.
These cities, ranked first, second and fourth respectively (Edinburgh ranked third, Sheffield fifth) were found to have the highest self-employed earnings, apart from Liverpool where the self-employed raked in an average of £46,886.