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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 

151,000

93,300

70,700
(76.2%)

Male

73,300

45,800

36,200
(83.7%)

Female

77,700

47,600

34,400
(69.6%)

 

Qualifications

Over 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 above27,30030.231.9
NVQ 3 and above

45,500

50.4

52.1

NVQ 2 and above 68,90076.373.5
NVQ 1 and above 79,50088.084.8
Other qualifications3,6004.05.9

Earnings 

Gross weekly pay 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£499.00
Yorkshire & Humber£539.80
North East £531.10
South West £560.60
North West £555.80
East Midlands£529.90
West Midlands£550.80
East of England£610.40
South East£636.00
London£699.20

House prices

Working in South Tyneside offers an opportunity for lower cost of living, with the North East having the lowest house prices in the UK.

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
North East£131,743
North West£170,939
Yorkshire & Humber£169,020
East Midlands£200,862
West Midlands£204,664
England£254,423
South West£263,474
East of England£295,856
South East£327,558
London£490,495

(Data from UK House Price Index summary: June 2020)

Employment by sector

North East England has a diverse and thriving economy and is recognised for its strengths in a number of key industry sectors. These include advanced manufacturing, digital and tech, energy, business services and life sciences.

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