The most trustworthy accent in the UK has been revealed

Lisa Walden
·1-min read
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Photo credit: Tonywestphoto - Getty Images

From Country Living

Yorkshire has been crowned as the most trustworthy accent in the UK, with a new study finding it to be 'intelligent' and 'calming'.

The research, which was commissioned by OnBuy.com, asked 2,221 people to listen to 15 British accents and say which they would be more likely to trust in job interviews.

While Yorkshire accents were voted as one of the most pleasing to the ear, in second place with 57% is Received Pronunciation — a dialect most commonly found in Hertfordshire, London, and Kent.

Edinburgh and Welsh accents took the third and fourth spots, respectively. Participants said they would hire someone with the Edinburgh accent, with many describing it as 'soothing' and 'friendly'.

Photo credit: PaulaConnelly - Getty Images
Photo credit: PaulaConnelly - Getty Images

On the other hand, however, Brummies in Birmingham came last in the study with just 4%. It might be one of the most distinct accents in the UK, but the study found it to be one of the least trustworthy.

The team said: "The UK is known for its rich array of regional accents and dialects. But does the way someone sounds have any correlation with our snap judgments towards them in the workplace and social settings?"

Curious to see the full list? Take a look at the 15 most trustworthy accents below...

15 of the most trustworthy accents in the UK

  1. Yorkshire (60%)

  2. Received Pronunciation (57%)

  3. Edinburgh (52%)

  4. Welsh (48%)

  5. Newcastle (Geordie) (40%)

  6. Bolton (Boltonian) (38%)

  7. Northern Irish (30%)

  8. West Country - Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester (27%)

  9. Manchester (Mancunian) (25%)

  10. Essex (22%)

  11. Glaswegian (20%)

  12. Cockney (17%)

  13. East Anglian - Norfolk, Suffolk (10%)

  14. Liverpool (Scouse) (8%)

  15. Birmingham (Brummie) (4%)

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