With many people, remote or hybrid working post-pandemic, where we live can also impact how productive we are at work.
A recent study by Currys ranked 34 UK cities for productivity based on several factors, including download speed, internet outages, access to fast fibre and cost of co-working spaces. The cities were ranked with an overall score out of 40.
The analysis reveals that Coventry is the best city in the UK for productivity, scoring 36 out of 40. This is due to relatively low coworking costs and effective internet coverage across the city.
Coventry boasts the best full fibre internet coverage in the country and scores 13th in internet outages, which puts it far above its neighbours Birmingham and Leicester and third in the country for best download speed.
In second place was Slough, scoring 33 out of 40; the city ranked well for its download speed and low internet outages. However, it is one of the more expensive locations for co-working costs.
In third place was Swindon, with a total score of 32. Although infamous for its nightmare roundabout, this city scored well regarding the number of internet outages and access to full fibre.
Out of the 34 cities analysed, the capital, London, was the worst city for productivity, with an overall score of just 12 out of 40. It was found to be the worst for internet outages, offers the highest co-working costs and scored poorly for full fibre coverage and download speed. Bad news for the plethora of digitally reliant businesses based in the big smoke.
The second worst was Burnley scoring just 16 out of 40, and Blackpool scored the third worst with 19 out of 40.