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
Population147,90090,30067,900 (73.9%)
Male71,80043,90035,400 (76.5%)
Female76,10046,40032,500 (71.3%)


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 above26,90029.734.5
NVQ 3 and above43,90049.054.6
NVQ 2 and above 64,90072.475.0
NVQ 1 and above 75,80084.685.0
Otder qualifications6,3007.06.9

(Data from Nomis: April 2023)


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£600.00
Yorkshire & Humber£631.50
North East £613.17
South West £663.70
North West £649.00
East Midlands£640.20
West Midlands£651.60
East of England£705.70
South East£723.50

(Data from Nomis: January 2024)

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£161,237
North West£215,719
Yorkshire & Humber£208,188
East Midlands£245,632
West Midlands£253,130
South West£330,260
East of England£348,615
South East£389,223

(Data from UK House Price Index summary: October 2023)

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.