Sources and Methodology
We looked into 40 of the most populated cities from the UK, normalised the results and reached an overall weighted ranking score out of 100 for each city.
The figures for business startups, business closures, overall business survivals, jobs in trade and available college courses are worked out per 10,000 people in order to provide a more comparable figure across figures.
To compile this information, we started with the top most populated cities in the UK.
Business startups, closures and survivals
For each of the cities, we found the number of business startups and closures within the year through the Office of National Statistics. This data set is taken from table 1.1b and 2.1b from 2017. From this information, we reached an overall amount for business survivals.
Jobs in trade
Jobs available in trade were found using glassdoor using the search term ‘Construction’. The search criteria was narrowed down to within a 25-mile radius of the city and filtered by ‘Building and Construction’ industry and ‘Posted any time’. Data was collected July 2019 and may be subject to change.
Available college courses
The available higher education courses were sourced via the National Careers Service and were specifically found using the search term ‘Construction’. The figure also includes online courses, class-based, work-based and distance learning courses.
Average tradesperson salaries
Using the Office for National Statistics’ 2018 provisional annual gross pay of table 15.7a [Work Region Occupation SOC 10] we took the annual median pay of jobs within ‘Skilled trades occupations’. This is by region only.
Average online advertising costs
The advertising costs were generated from Google. The three terms ‘plumber in [Insert location]’, ‘electrician in [Insert location] and ‘builder in [Insert location]’ were used to find each cost. An overall average was then worked out from these three terms to reach the final number. Any missing data was assigned a cost of £0.00 as a representation of the low pricing. This is the average cost per click on Google.