Living and working in the North East

As a whole, the North East has a strong reputation for being the most exciting, beautiful and friendly region in the whole of England.

Each area also has its own individual character; the diverse and vibrant cities of Newcastle, Sunderland, and Durham work in complete contrast to the peaceful countryside and beautiful coastline stretching from Northumberland down to Tees Valley. 

Once dominated by the coal and shipbuilding industries the North East is now developing an international reputation as a centre for innovation, science and design. 

Employment opportunities in new and fast-emerging industries, such as offshore engineering and digital computing, are attracting a new generation of talented professionals to the area, drawn by the high quality of life and wide range of opportunities for personal growth and career progression.

The region also retains some of the industries you would expect to find in the North East considering its industrial past, such as car manufacturing, petrochemical and steel. Further industry is being attracted to the area due to the investment and creation of Kielder Water, the UKs largest reservoir. 

Vibrant and cultural

As a whole, the region is a vibrant and cultural place which attracts workers and tourists alike.

Outside of work the area is steeped in historical importance. Roman archaeology is found widely across the region, whilst the World Heritage sites of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle attract as many visitors as Hadrian's Wall.

Other places of interest range from the modern, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, or mima as it is known, to the traditional Darlington’s heard of Steam museum, to the unique Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

Sport is hugely popular in the North East, attracting ardent football, horse-racing, golf, cricket and athletics fans to events in the area throughout the year. The region has played a huge role in the history of football and a precursor of modern football is still seen in the region during annual Shrove Tuesday games. Two of the most significant English players in the country, Bobby Charlton and Jackie Charlton, come from the same coal mining town in the region and other local heroes include Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle and Alan Shearer. 

The great outdoors

Golf is a Scottish import to many countries, but the largest corporate golf day in the UK is held every September by the members of the Northeast of England Process Industry Cluster; an exciting event where 180 golfers play both the Slaley Hunting and Priestman courses simultaneously, after a shot gun start.

With the backdrop of Lumley Castle, Durham County Cricket Club is unarguably one of the most picturesque cricket venues in the UK. The venue regularly hosts international Cricket including the Ashes, so for those who enjoy the sound of leather on willow, Durham CCC is the perfect venue on a summer day.

For those who would rather take part in sport than watch it, the rolling hills and dramatic coastal cliffs are the perfect place if you like to explore the great outdoors. 

For thrill-seekers, there is no end of exhilarating sporting opportunities to try, from bungee jumping off the Transporter Bridge to white-water rafting at the Tees Barrage or mountain biking through Guisborough Forest, there is plenty for adrenaline lovers!

Food and drink

If you’re idea of down-time involves no sport at all, perhaps you could be tempted with some hearty food with family and friends.

The region may not be known for its fine-dining, but there are some very special northern delicacies which have evolved from the proud working-class past of the North East.

Pan Haggerty; a delicious Northumberland dish which combines thinly sliced potatoes, fried onions and mature cheddar cheese is as simple and hearty as it comes. Savaloy Dip; a smoked sausage roll is swept through gravy and swathed in stuffing - this is no ordinary sandwich.

Pease Pudding; the North East's equivalent to Marmite. Often served with ham or bacon and Geordie loaf, also known as Stotties; large, round, flat bread with a distinctive indent in the middle. 

And of you prefer seafood; you’ll be pleased to know that for more than 130 years, the Robson family in Craster has been preserving herring caught in the North Sea in the traditional way of oak-smoking, to produce Craster kippers.

Another fish worth trying is a Scarborough woof. Only found in the north-east, it thrives in the cold waters of the North Sea. Its big white flakes are similar to cod. 


And as if all these benefits of working in the North East weren’t enough, the region also boasts the lowest priced homes in the UK; homes across the North East are nearly half the national average.

The types of properties vary from Victorian town houses and high-spec city living apartments to country cottages and seaside living, the choice is yours.

Wherever you choose to live, you are guaranteed a great quality of living, vibrant high streets and good old fashioned pubs.


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