For many of us, the summer months are a time of change – and several people may be moving house, graduating or starting a new job. From our headquarters in Cardiff, we’ve had plenty of time to get to know Wales’ largest city – and we think it’s a brilliant place to live and work.
With a population of over 350,000, Cardiff boasts an abundance of entrepreneurial talent, new businesses and brilliant opportunities for career progression – but why should you make the move to the Welsh capital?
Cost of living
Recent studies have shown that the cost of living in Cardiff is 39% cheaper than London, with the average cost of utilities, transportation and entertainment working out cheaper than in Newport. In Cardiff, a single bus ticket can cost just £1.80, and a three-course meal averages at just £20 per person. However, you tend to pay more for childcare, clothing, gym memberships, and of course – housing. But it’s worth bearing in mind that in Cardiff your salary is likely to be much higher too – over 46% higher than if you worked in Newport, for example.
As it’s so compact, navigating the city centre is a breeze – and you’ll find almost everything you need within walking or cycling distance. In fact, that’s exactly why we offer a cycle-to-work scheme to all our employees. Cardiff Bus operate a network of reliable buses, and National Rail services connect you to the rest of the UK. Hop on the train at Cardiff Central, and in just two hours you can find yourself arriving at London Paddington – and only spending as little as £18.50.
Of course, one of the most important considerations when considering a permanent relocation is the housing market. Admittedly, Cardiff isn’t the most affordable place to purchase a property. Last year, the average terraced house was sold for £212,221, and semi-detached properties averaged at £251,448. According to Rightmove, house prices in the city have risen by 9% since 2016 – but for many, the convenience of living in the UK’s most compact capital city makes the move worthwhile.
Cardiff has one of the youngest populations in the UK, with 75,000 students attending university in Cardiff – so perhaps unsurprisingly, affordable rental accommodation is a priority. As with any capital city, living in a central location sometimes comes at a premium. Rental prices in Pontcanna tend to start at £900pcm, and the ever-popular Cardiff Bay tends to be around £700-950pcm. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of properties available in Canton, Roath and Pentwyn rising upwards of £600pcm. In Cathays, you could even secure a single bedroom for just £300pcm.
If you’re a foodie, Cardiff is perfect for you. It’ll take you no more than a half an hour walk to find a huge range of international cuisine – from cheap and cheerful takeaway to fine dining. Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is a hub for global sporting events and concerts; St David’s shopping centre will satisfy your shopaholic needs; and attractions such as Cardiff Bay are sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Although Cardiff is the country’s hub for financial and business services, there’s a huge range of sectors operating in the city. We’ve seen a wealth of talent and innovation within the creative, technology and professional services industries – which is why we understand the value of hiring graduates from different degree disciplines. In return for these transferable skills and a can-do attitude, we reward our staff with an industry-leading commission structure, two annual trips for our highest achievers, plenty of lively social events and a whole host of other initiatives to improve staff well-being.
So, if you’re looking for a new challenge in a supportive work environment and a thriving city, browse our current vacancies.