Landscape of Reading – Information, courtesy of Living Reading.co.uk
The U.K’s best performing economy
Fastest growing economy 2017-19 according to the EY UK and Regions Economic Forecast 2016.
Best place to live and work in the Good Growth for Cities 2016 Index(PwC / Demos) of the 36 largest economic areas in the UK, according to 10 key indicators key to economic success and wellbeing, including employment, health, income and skills.
Second most prosperous city in the UK - Barclays UK Prosperity Map 2015.
The 4th best location for economic expansion and business growth.
UK Vitality Index 2016 (Lambert Smith Hampton) and joint top for 'most productive' and 'most entrepreneurial'.
One of UK’s best workforce
Ranked second for productivity (behind London) - Centre for Cities’ Cities Monitor 2016.
5th best qualified workforce in the UK, with nearly 50% of Reading’s population educated to NVQ4 or above.
5th for share of UK graduates (28% of population are graduates) and over a fifth of University of Reading graduates stay local thanks to the buoyant economy.
The unemployment rate stands at 0.9% (Jan 2016).
High wages attract a skilled workforce - Reading has the 4th highest average weekly wage in the UK (Centre for Cities 2016).
Leading European city for investment
Reading has been ranked 9th in Europe for Foreign Direct Investment in ICT per 100,000 of population in the FDI (Feb 2017).
Best Education in the UK
Reading borough has the best A Level results in the country (of 151 local authorities) for the fourth consecutive year.