New research puts Scotland first as the dog-friendliest UK nation in terms of facilities and their relative accessibility to working pet owners.

With many businesses returning to the office, workers with pets face a substantial adjustment in terms of time they’re now able to devote to their pets, and many dogs have to get used to being left at home again.

Analysing data across a range of criteria, new research by Revolent has found that Scotland ranks best for working people with pets by a significant margin. Categories included pet-friendly offices and co-working spaces, alongside practical essentials like vets and pet supply stores. This data was then considered against population density to assess competition and relative accessibility by region. With 696,000 UK households either wanting or planning to relocate as of April 2022, this new research could help pet parents figure out their long-term plans.

Rank Country Pet-friendly score*
1 Scotland 27
2 Wales 50
3 England 76
4 Northern Ireland 100

*A lower number represents better access to facilities, weighed up against population density.

The study also reveals that, although England has the most pet-friendly facilities across numerous categories, its population density means higher competition to access those spaces. In this context, facilities in Scotland, while fewer overall, are much more accessible to working people with pets.

President of Revolent, Nabila Salem, commented that, “Increasingly, people are considering work and life in much more holistic terms where they’re aiming for a better, healthier integration of the two. For pet parents, it’s vital to be able to access pet care services whenever needed. But beyond this, people may also be looking for places to live and work where their pets can be more present in the day-to-day life”.

Methodology

This study used research data to identify the top countries within the United Kingdom to balance work and life with your pets. The criteria included pet-friendly offices and co-working spaces, places to eat out with your pet, take them for exercise, pet supply stores and vets, as well as residential spaces that allow pets.

The data collected came from a number of free and public sources of information. Data relating to jobs with ‘pet-friendly’ and ‘dog-friendly’ offices was collected from www.indeed.co.uk using a data scraper. Data relating to the number of co-working spaces was collected from www.liquidspace.co.uk. The number of pet-friendly residential spaces was sourced from www.zoopla.co.uk. The number of pet-friendly hotels was gathered using Google Hotel Search.

Data pet-friendly cafes, beaches, pet stores and vet practices came from www.dogfriendly.co.uk

Once the data had been collected, the result from each category was then compared against the population of each country to determine the average number of people to every pet-friendly facility. This yielded an overall ranking for how much competition there might be for access to these facilities. The data was also analysed to determine which country of the UK performed best for each category based on the raw data collected. To calculate the overall pet-friendly score, the total average score for each country was divided by n (n=2909.19).

 

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