Why you should move from London to Manchester.

Manchester is the most liveable city in the UK

If you fancy a change from the daily grind in London and want to live somewhere that won’t drain your bank account dry, Manchester could be the perfect place to call home.

Not only does your money go much further in Manchester, but you will also be in Britain’s fastest-growing city with top sport, music, and culture.

Manchester has topped The Economist Global Liveability Index for eight years running, ranking number one of UK cities, and 38th in the world; beating London by ten places!

The liveability index is based on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors including political and social stability, crime rates, education, and access to healthcare.

Altrincham in Greater Manchester has also been named the Best Place to Live in the North West of England described as “suburbia meets utopia”.

Lower cost of living in Manchester vs. London

The average house price in Manchester is around 40% cheaper than in London. The rental market is notably cheaper too - a 1-bedroom apartment in central London can cost £1,667 per month while a similar property in Manchester would cost around £611. That means you would spend around 110% less on rent in Manchester.

The cost of living in Manchester (excluding rent) is on average around 8% cheaper than in London and food from supermarkets is on average around 4% cheaper too.

Gyms, fitness centres, movie tickets and restaurants are all cheaper in Manchester. Public transportation is miles cheaper too; a season ticket to use trains and buses is around £130 in London and around £54 in Manchester.

There’s everything you love, and more!

Whatever it is you fancy, Manchester has it all. There's a plethora of bustling bars and restaurants that cater to all different tastes. As well as museums to explore and with 200 languages being spoken in the city, it is an incredibly multicultural part of the UK.

Best of all, you’ll be no more than 30 minutes away from the beautiful countryside. Sandwiched between the Pennines, you can easily take a weekend trip to the Peak District to see some spectacular views.

The people of Manchester are proper proud of their city

Mancunians also known as Manc’s aren’t afraid to say hello and crack a joke, you can learn some of the local slang to immerse yourself in the culture. The people of Manchester are welcoming, and they’ll talk to anyone.

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Great news! Software developers are the most in-demand talent in Manchester, with .Net and Java being the most desirable skills.

Greater Manchester is home to 1,468 private companies and over a third of these are technology or IP-based businesses. Imagine working in one of the fastest-growing digital cities in Europe that is set to thrive after the pandemic.

Moving cities can be daunting but once you experience the quality of life that can exist outside London, you’ll never go back. If you'd like to know more about Manchester and the opportunities that await you, our specialists are here to help.

Rob Sugden

Managing Director

Rob Sugden
Rob Sugden

Rob Sugden

Managing Director

Expertise: Senior Appointments

Location: Manchester

Rob is ECOMs Managing Director for Manchester. He leads our teams across the North & Midlands operating in Digital Tech, UX & Design, Product & Project and Marketing & eCommerce. He’s had over 15 years of recruitment experience in Manchester, building an extensive network. Over the years Rob has created a reputation for working with the best candidates and the most interesting companies! He’s passionate about Manchester’s digital scene and has loved being part of its ever evolving journey. Outside of work when he’s not spending time with his family, he can be found Rock Climbing or enjoying Manchester’s amazing music scene.

E: rob.sugden@ecomrecruitment.com T: 0161 237 0033

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Joe Parker

Associate Director

Joe Parker
Joe Parker

Joe Parker

Associate Director

Location: Manchester

Joe has worked at ECOM since 2012, he’s one of the founding members of the Manchester team and has progressed all the way from Junior Consultant to Associate Director.

As an Associate Director, he’s responsible for both leading a team of recruiters and helping Manchester’s most recognisable tech brands to build their software engineering teams, with a focus on modern Microsoft, JavaScript and Cloud technologies.

E: joe.parker@ecomrecruitment.com T: 0161 237 0015

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Gareth Pike

Associate Director

Gareth Pike
Gareth Pike

Gareth Pike

Associate Director

Location: North West

Gareth Pike is an Associate Director at ECOM who specialises in the Software Engineering sector across the North West of England. Gareth has been in the recruitment industry for over 15 years so he has definitely been around the block! Over the past 5 years, he has focussed on helping organisations with their recruitment of Open Source software engineering candidates, predominantly across the Java, PHP and Python technology stacks. Gareth graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Information Technology Systems which has definitely helped him throughout his IT recruitment career. In his spare time Gareth has a very busy family life being the dad to two sports mad young boys Leo & Zac, which involves lots of homework duty and being a part time football coach! Aside from family life his other major passions are following Man United FC where he is a season ticket holder and raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease which is charity close to his heart. Gareth feels integrity is one of the biggest things people should demonstrate in and out of working life and prides himself on this.

E: gareth.pike@ecomrecruitment.com T: 0161 237 0042

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Josh McLean

Managing Consultant

Josh McLean
Josh McLean

Josh McLean

Managing Consultant

Location: Manchester

Josh has worked with ECOM since 2021, he has joined with 6 years’ experience recruiting in the Software Engineering space.

As a Principal Consultant he’s responsible for helping experienced software engineering professionals find new permanent roles in Manchester with a focus on Web, Mobile, Digital and Social technology.

He supports the growth of Manchester’s most recognisable tech brands build software engineering teams with a focus on modern Microsoft, JavaScript and Cloud technologies.

E: josh.mclean@ecomrecruitment.com T: 0161 237 0065

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Josh Bunce

Consultant

Josh Bunce
Josh Bunce

Josh Bunce

Consultant

Location: Manchester

As a Product and Delivery Consultant, Josh is well versed at working with businesses who have both fully embraced a product-centric culture and those looking to adopt and transition to Agile ways of working. Josh help starts up and scale-ups find the right Product teams that will allow them to grow at pace while delivering continual product innovation and delivery. Josh also works with large Product teams to help them find the right people to complement their existing teams.

Josh recruits at all levels in the following disciplines from juniors to heads of and c-suite: Product Owners, Product Managers, Delivery Managers, Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Business Analysts.

E: josh.bunce@ecomrecruitment.com T: 0161 2370 012

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Phil Morris

Consultant

Phil Morris
Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Consultant

Expertise: Engineering

Location: Manchester

Phil has worked with ECOM since 2023, he joined with 2 years’ experience recruiting in Tech & Product space.

As a Recruitment Consultant, he’s responsible for helping experienced software engineering professionals find new permanent roles in Manchester with a focus on web technology.

He supports the growth of Manchester’s most recognisable tech brands build software engineering teams with a focus on modern JavaScript technologies.

E: phil.morris@ecomrecruitment.com T: 0161 237 0009

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Olivia Mortlock

Olivia Mortlock

Nathan Young

Nathan Young