Data stretching back a decade shows Edinburgh has improved its score in the Good Growth for Cities index, compiled by accountancy firm PwC and think tank Demos, since the 2008 financial crash – mainly due to an improvement in skills among 25 to 64-year-olds.
More and more people are choosing to live in Edinburgh. Our economy is thriving with high quality jobs in sectors such as technology, finance, life sciences, culture and tourism...Kate Campbell, Convener, Housing and Economy Committee, The City of Edinburgh Council
The study found Edinburgh was the best place to live and work in Scotland had also seen a big improvement in the number of new businesses compared with 2005-07.
The Good Growth index looks not only at economic performance but also employment, health, income, skills, housing affordability, commuting times and environmental factors.
The Capital scores above average for jobs, income, work-life balance, skills and the environment.
Lindsay Gardiner, regional chairman, PwC Scotland, said: “Edinburgh remains one of the best cities in the UK in which to live and do business. The City Deal will only help the city futureproof itself in a world being rapidly altered by technology.”
Lothian Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale said the report’s findings were “fantastic news”. She said: “The job opportunities and work-life balance is undeniably the best in Scotland, and various city council administrations should be proud of what they have achieved this century...”