Bournemouth ‘best place for creative jobs, freelancers’

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Not a Bournemouth resident? Make it your New Year’s Resolution to move to our sunny seaside town! A new survey has crowned Bournemouth ‘the best place for workers’, due to ample jobs, cheap office space, high wages for creatives and improved quality of life.

The study was conducted using data from and (valid at time of scraping, November 2019).

High salaries are linked in particular to creative jobs – no surprise with the innovative media, tech and comms companies in the region.

Bournemouth also topped the poll for cheapest office space per person, at £5.80, with cost of living up to 55 per cent less than in London, thank goodness. This attracts freelance workers like myself, who may like to check out the new VWorks service at Village Hotels.

Media types are flocking to Dorset as work becomes increasingly unstable, leading many to go freelance to make ends meet. Bournemouth also offers a higher salary for some of the most in demand creative jobs in the UK compared to some of its neighbouring towns and cities. On average, the salary for a web developer and product designer is between £3,606 and £4,508 more than for those based in Bath. Videographers are also better off as they can earn up to £7,364 more than those 33 miles away in Southampton. For further comparisons, visit the Creative Class tool by Pooky.Local cost of office space for remote workers:

City Average price of office space per person, per day

Bournemouth £5.80

Reading £6.50

St Albans £6.80

Guildford £7.20

Slough £9.80

London £14.00

Bournemouth is far more affordable than some of the UK’s most expensive cities paying 59% less than London workers and 11% less than those living in Slough. Freelancers working 65 miles away in Bath may want to consider relocating closer to the sea in Bournemouth as on average professionals spend an eye-watering £208 extra on office space per person each year.



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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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