The top ten for basic salaries in the East of England (June 2019)
Taking in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk – this is our roundup of where you could be taking your expertise next. The data takes in every position from fearless sales reps up to master sales managers in June 2019. So, before you take the next step on the ladder, think about how where you work is as important as what you do.
The best of the best
Medieval settlement and a poster-town for post-war planning, you’ll be surprised to hear that at least a third of the town is given to green space. Skirted by the M11 and with direct rail links into London, it’s well connected, and you’ll be well rewarded with average basic sales salaries coming in at £28,404.
Also home to new-town architecture and easy travel links to the City, Basildon has the benefit of being just a short drive away from the coast. Coming in at ninth place, expect an average basic salary of £28,445 in the sales sector.
The only city in the UK within a national park, it’s also a hub of culture, cuisine and enterprise. Within its ancient walls, find a thriving business community and outside, a world-class science research park. Averaging at £28,455, it comes in at 8th place on our list.
7. St Albans
The first major stop north after London on the Roman Watling Street, this history-rich city is also a thriving centre for modern culture. With fast links to London and Luton airport, it’s still well connected and expect £29,265 average basic salary in the sector.
6. Hemel Hempstead
Another new town with a history, Hemel Hemstead was granted its charter by no less than King Henry VIII in 1539. Founded in the chalk valley where two rivers meet, today it’s home to a community of major companies. And with an average basic sales salary of £29,918, it sits at position six in our list.
The top of the shop
Occupying the gap at position five is Watford. An example of how connectivity drives prosperity, it thrived during the Industrial revolution with the arrival of the canal and, later, the railway. Just as prosperous now, it takes us up into a new front number, delivering £30,455 as an average basic salary in the sales sector.
The first new town of the post-war programme, this commercial centre is a short drive from the A1 as well as an easy commute to London and Cambridge. On two wheels? You’ll find a specially designed segregated cycle-way. Not quite the 2,000 silver Roman coins found in the area in 1986, you’ll instead take home an average basic salary £30.935 today.
This cathedral city, historically known for its brick-making, sits on flat land, some of which is below sea level. Far from flat, it’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in the area and it comes in at third place in our list, delivering an average basic salary of £31,012.
Home to the original Marconi wireless factory, Chelmsford is locally known as the birthplace of radio. But from the foundries of the industrial era through to communications and technology business of later years, the area is no stranger to innovation and blue-sky thinking. It follows that it comes in second place in our list, with an average basic salary of £31,520.
No surprises that this famous university city sits at the top of our list, bringing in £32,325 in average salary for June 2019. Growing alongside, a significant high-tech and science industry base buys a strong economy in all sectors across the area.
A rewarding move
If you’re driven and you know where you want to pitch your pay, a fourteen percent difference between the top of the list (Cambridge) and tenth place (Harlow) can mean everything. Start your journey well-informed, to find the area and firm that’s right for you.