The Scottish islands of the Outer Hebrides have been crowned the best place to live in Great Britain to maintain a work-life balance, topping money.co.uk’s2021 Work-life Balance Index
In second place is West Devon, and taking third place is North East Derbyshire.
Districts in the South East and Scotland make up 40% of the top 20 places to achieve a work-life balance.
Richmond upon Thames has been named the best place to live in London for a work-life balance.
Many Brits are continuing to spend a longer time at home, it’s crucial to maintain a good work-life balance. For their 2021 Work-Life Balance Index, the personal finance experts at money.co.uk have found through ONS data where in Britain is best situated for its residents to achieve this balance.
The Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, is officially the best place in Britain to live and work in the most balanced way. Residents on the scenic islands were found to rank highly on all positive lifestyle related factors(happiness (7th), serenity (6th), life satisfaction (3rd)).
The islands have a very low unemployment rate, compared with the rest of the country (2.8% vs 5%). Workers also have a good balance of hours worked weekly (35), and a solid year on year (YoY) pay increase (+9.8% vs UK average of +3%). along with stunning views as well as lots of beautiful nature.
The South West district of West Devon also scored strongly on the index and came second place. Ranking fourth for happiness in the country and fourth for life satisfaction. Workers are spending 32.8 hours at work weekly on average, and the unemployment rate is almost half of the UK average (2.6% vs 5%).
In third is North East Derbyshire. The local authority ranks high for life satisfaction levels (sixth), and 94% residents have private outdoor spaces, improving their wellbeing, away from office hours.
Additionally, YoY pay for workers in the region sits high at +10.8%, and unemployment levels are two fifths of the UK average (3%).
The workers living in both the South East of England and Scotland have topped the best work-life balance. Analysis for the index reveals that 40% of the top 20 is dominated by the two regions collectively.
Dominating the category of access to parks and playing fields, London the capital falls short for other factors, resulting in a low average work-life balance score of 37.78 points.
Wales, The North East and Yorkshire and The Humber, have no districts represented in the top 20.
Best locations for a good work-life balance in each region of UK
East Midlands – North East Derbyshire (work life balance score – 91.5)
East of England – Babergh (work life balance score – 83)
London – Richmond Upon Thames(work life balance score – 69.3)
North East – Halton (work life balance score – 70.2)
North West – Ribble Valley (work life balance score – 88.9)
Scotland – Outer Hebrides (work life balance score – 94.5)
South East – Arun (work life balance score – 84.7)
South West- West Devon (work life balance score – 92.2)
Wales – Flintshire (work life balance score – 66.6)
West Midlands – Newcastle Under Lyme (work life balance score – 85.8)
Yorkshire and the Humber- East Riding of Yorkshire(work life balance score – 68.7)
Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uksays: “Maintaining a good work-life balance is important however, it is often easier said than done, especially right now.
“Juggling the pressures of home and work life during a pandemic is not easy but making time for yourself and reducing the amount of demands you put on yourself is key.”
Lauren Paton, founder of Be Unleashed Coaching says“ Work-life balance used to be about the separation of professionals from home life but thanks to the pandemic many of us are living, working, teaching and parenting all in the same space so the lines are incredibly blurred.
“It’s more important than ever to find ways to create a balance, to avoid burnout, protect our mental health and reduce anxiety. Setting impossible goals for self-care can actually cause us more stress, so sometimes it’s about making small changes throughout the day which help to redress the balance.”