Slough is the UK's best town to work in. It's brilliant. Fact.

 
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As its most famous boss might have said: "You will never work in a place like this again. It's brilliant. Fact."

Yes: Slough, which provided the backdrop for David Brent's "chilled-out entertainment" in The Office, has come top of a ranking of the 25 best UK towns to work in.

The town was given a score of 4.2 out of five by employees working there, based on its median base salary (£35,000), the number of job openings available (26,387 at last count) and the job satisfaction rating (3.3).

The study, by job site Glassdoor, put Manchester second, with a rating of four out of five. And although its median base salary of £23,998 is well below Slough's, so is its average house price, at £177,263.

Making up the top five in the ranking are Cambridge, Swindon (presumably thanks to its roundabouts), and Stoke-on-Trent.

Alas, London doesn't even appear in the top 25.

“Although people in London are generally satisfied, it has proven not only to be an expensive place to live, but also an ultra-competitive city in which to find a job," said Glassdoor's chief economist, Andrew Chamberlain.

"The UK’s M4 corridor remains Britain's global tech backbone, with companies such as Oracle, Cisco and Microsoft all along this route. Towns and cities around this area offer pleasant environments, above average salaries and a lower cost of living, meaning an increased quality of life for employees.”

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These are the UK's 25 best towns to work in

Town Score Median base salary
1. Slough 4.2 £35,000
2. Manchester 4.0 £23,998
3. Cambridge 4.0 £31,225
4. Swindon 3.9 £31,000
5. Stoke-on-Trent 3.9 £21,000
6. Reading 3.8 £35,000
7. Leeds 3.8 £24,000
8. Milton Keynes 3.7 £28,000
9. Bolton 3.7 £21,000
10. Oxford 3.6 £30,000
11. Coventry 3.6 £27,000
12. Derby 3.6 £25,000
13. Nottingham 3.6 £23,500
14. Birmingham 3.6 £24,864
15. Ipswich 3.6 £24,985
16. Belfast 3.6 £21,000
17. Southampton 3.6 £26,000
18. Aberdeen 3.5 £32,500
19. Luton 3.5 £29,000
20. Dundee 3.5 £20,000
21. Newcastle Upon Tyne 3.5 £22,000
22. Bristol 3.5 £25,598
23. Blackpool 3.5 £18,000
24. Hull 3.5 £22,500
25. Peterborough 2.4 £22,060

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