WhatJobs Tips – Finding a job in Newcastle

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What jobs are there in Newcastle?
Newcastle is the largest city in the northwest of England. It’s named after the Norman castle at its centre. Historically it has been an important industrial centre for coal mining, engineering and shipping. However, those industries went into decline during the second half of the twentieth century. Meaning Newcastle had to reinvent itself, which it has done very successfully and has many prominent industries, the main one being health. This sector represents more than 16 per cent of jobs in the city as there are many highly rated hospitals, including the specialist Great North Children’s hospital. Newcastle also has 3 worlds ranked universities near the city centre, employing lecturers, researchers and support staff.

Newcastle is also known for its lively nightlife in and around the thriving cultural hub called the Quayside. The city hosts endless gigs, musicals, comedy nights and club nights, meaning talented artists and musicians always have a place in the city. Clubs, bars and restaurants have many openings for skilled mixologists, servers, security guards and general managers. There are no shortages of jobs, whether skilled or unskilled. 

Job trends in Newcastle
The football team Newcastle United generates a lot of money with a team of just 288 people. The highest placing company in Newcastle is the public transport juggernaut ‘The Go-Ahead Group’, bringing over £3 million per year. There are plenty of opportunities for train conductors, bus drivers, engineers and many more. The nationwide favourite Greggs also has its headquarters in Newcastle, coming 11th in the highest placing companies in the UK. 

What is it like living in Newcastle?
The average house in Newcastle is approximately £203,000, which is still a lot cheaper than the United Kingdom’s average of £226,000. Newcastle is served by mainline trains linking it to the rest of the UK, with Edinburgh being 1.5 hours away and London being 3.5 hours away.

Kris Paterson is a writer for Whatjobs

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