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Demographics & Workforce

Population 

The population in South Tyneside is growing, we currently have 43% of workers who also live in the borough while we attract around 15,000 employees from neighbouring areas.

 TotalWorking AgeEconomically Active
Population 

149,200

93,500

70,900
(75.1%)

Male

72,200

45,800

37,400
(80%)

Female

76,900

47,700

33,500
(70.4%)

 

Qualifications

Almost thirty percent of South Tyneside residents hold a Level 4 qualification or above.

We are actively working to increase the proportion of residents with higher skills levels, which makes for an attractive resource for business.

 South TynesideSouth Tyneside (%)North East (%)
NVQ 4 and above26,90029.331.7
NVQ 3 and above

48,000

52.1

52.1

NVQ 2 and above 69,60075.672.6
NVQ 1 and above 80,20087.184.1
Other qualifications4,7005.16.3

Earnings 

Gross weekly page earned in South Tyneside is one of the lowest in the region, and the North East has competitive labour costs in comparison to other areas of the country. 

AreaGross Weekly Pay
South Tyneside£482.60
Yorkshire & Humber£479.70
North East £483.60
South West £487.80
North West £493.90
East Midlands£499.00
West Midlands£501.90
East of England£560.30
South East£594.50
London£684.80

House prices

Working in South Tyneside offers an opportunity for lower cost of living, including one of the lowest house prices (on average) in the North East. With options of quaint village living, a home with coastal views or a riverside retreat there is a choice from period properties to spacious new build developments. 

AreaAverage house price
County Durham£132,980
Sunderland£140,255
South Tyneside£147,493
Gateshead£150,491
Newcastle£187,855
North Tyneside£188,580
Northumberland£195,749
North East £162,468

(Prices correct at end of December 2017)

Employment by sector

The North East has a strong employment in Health (15.7%), Manufacturing (11%) and Retail (10%). 

More sector specific employment information is available, please get in touch and we will be happy to provide data relevant to your business. 

North East Data Hub

Information about the North East economy is available on a dedicated portal where data can be downloaded, exported and compared. 

North East Data Hub