Cardiff Is a Capital Place to Work - Apart from the Traffic; SURVEY FINDS TWO-THIRDS INTEND TO STAY IN CITY

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Cardiff Is a Capital Place to Work - Apart from the Traffic; SURVEY FINDS TWO-THIRDS INTEND TO STAY IN CITY


Byline: RHODRI EVANS

THE first major study of employees in Cardiff has revealed a city of workers happy to have jobs in the capital, but concerned about congestion. The Cardiff Employee Survey, carried out by researchers at Cardiff Business School in conjunction with Cardiff Business Partnership, found that more than two-thirds of workers planned to remain in the city for the foreseeable future.

Half said that in 15 years' time they would like to be working for the same company in a more senior position, while just 22% envisaged continuing their career outside the capital.

Average gross weekly pay in Cardiff is pounds 486.20 a week. The study found that 27% of respondents earned between pounds 15,000 and pounds 20,000 a year, while 41% of those surveyed earned in excess of pounds 25,000.

Roy J Thomas of Cardiff Business Partnership said the research showed that the majority of employees were happy working in the city.

"The primary finding from the research is that people report very positively on their employment and Cardiff as a city," he said. "The vast majority of respondents (95%) wanted to continue to work in Cardiff for at least the immediate future and over two-thirds (68%) indicated that they believed their longer-term futures were in Cardiff."

He added: "We are intent on growing the prosperity of the City while at the same time maintaining the character which makes it special to those who work here. We aim to ensure that policy makers consider the findings when shaping a vision for the future."

Adrian Clark of Legal & General, chairman of the Cardiff Business Partnership, said a recent announcement of funding for the rail gateway into Cardiff was a welcome move, which should help to maintain workers' positivity about the city. "The Cardiff Business Partnership welcomed last week the investment in the regeneration of Capital Square as it is the landing platform and gateway when you arrive from London on the train into our capital," he said. …

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