Oldham a top location for remote workers

Date published: 27 November 2019

Oldham has been named in the top 20 best locations for remote workers, according to a new study.

The data by Pooky reveals the best and worst cities for creative professionals to work based on salaries, accessibility and affordability in 100 locations across the UK.  

The findings revealed that Oldham is one of the most affordable places for freelancers to rent office space with local workers spending £6.00 per day for one person. Rochdale, Bolton and Manchester all ranked more expensive for remote workers. 


Local cost of office space for remote workers:                     


Location                    Average price of office space per person, per day 

Wigan                          £5.70

Blackburn                    £5.90

Oldham                        £6.00

Rochdale                      £6.10

Bolton                           £6.10

Stockport                      £6.10

Manchester                  £6.30


Oldham is far more affordable than some of the UK’s most expensive cities paying 43% less than London workers and 60% less than those living in Slough.

Freelancers working in Manchester may want to consider relocating to Oldham as on average, professionals in the UK’s third largest city spend an eye-watering £110 extra per year on office space. 

Top 10 most expensive UK cities for remote workers:


City                      Average price of office space per person per day 

London                     £14.00

Slough                       £9.80

Woking                      £7.50

Guildford                    £7.20

Cambridge                  £7.00

Northampton               £7.00

Oxford                         £6.80

St Albans                    £6.80

Peterborough              £6.80

High Wycombe           £6.80 


Oldham also ranked as the number one location with the most coffee shops perfect for remote workers who want a change of scenery.

There are a whopping 193 per 10,000 people compared to Bolton just 20 miles away with just 57.1 per capita. 

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