Demographics and workforce


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.

Population South Tyneside

TotalWorking ageEconomically active
Population151,00093,30070,700 (76.2%)
Male73,30045,80036,200 (83.7%)
Female77,70047,60034,400 (69.6%)


Just under 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 above26,40029.534.4
NVQ 3 and above43,60048.754.5
NVQ 2 and above 64,70072.475.0
NVQ 1 and above 75,70084.785.0
Otder qualifications6,3007.06.9

(Data from Nomis: Dec 2021)


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£517.50
Yorkshire & Humber£568.50
North East £546.80
South West £577.30
North West £578.00
East Midlands£573.40
West Midlands£581.80
East of England£628.60
South East£660.10

(Data from Nomis: Dec 2021)

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£154,913
North West£205,121
Yorkshire & Humber£199,607
East Midlands£240,329
West Midlands£240,528
South West£313,834
East of England£343,900
South East£384,966

(Data from UK House Price Index summary: March 2022)

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.