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Regional Facts

  • Area 9,000 sq.km
  • Commercial Capital Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Population 2.6 million
  • Working population 1.03 million
  • 5 Universities Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Sunderland University, Teeside University, Newcastle College
  • 3 major ports Port of Tyne, Teesport, Blyth
  • 2 International Airports Newcastle International & Durham Tees Valley
  • Cities Darlington, Durham, Middlesbrough,Newcastle, Sunderland
  • Average Salaries 14% below national average
  • Productivity above national average
  • Low staff turnover
  • Home to 600 overseas companies
  • 43% of manufacturing output is exported

Employment

Engineering & Manufacturing have traditionally been strong features of the North East economy. Today over 130,000 employees are employed in the sector, accounting for 12.5% of the workforce, compared with 10.9% at the national level.

Around 62,000 people work in the engineering sector in North East England, accounting for almost 6% of all employees in the region.

These include:

  • 5,580 employed in the manufacture of basic metals
  • 14,467 employed in the manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
  • 15,844 employed in the manufacture of machinery and equipment not elsewhere classified
  • 6,029 employed in the manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus not else where classified

Competitive Salary

The table below displays how North East England compares with some of its competitor regions in relation to a selection of specific job roles:

Position North East South East North West Scotland Leicester Sheffield
Skilled Maintenance Worker 20377 20377 22007 22415 20280 21192
Maintenance
Supervisor
23936 23480 25076 24392 20973 24620
Maintenance
Engineer
26845 29388 29388 30236 27149 24867
Senior Maintenance Engineer 31577 33904 33904 35898 32616 30248
Semi-Skilled
Assembler
12941 14042 14318 15144 13443 13216
Skilled
Assembler
18915 18915 20428 20806 18825 19671