Looking for Jobs in the North East? A list of Hundreds of Employers Recruiting in the Area

A list of over 1,000 companies with vacancies in the Yorkshire, Tyneside, Teesside / Tees Valley, Northumberland and Leeds areas.

The list is split into two tables: the first contains charities, education and public sector organisations. The second table lists private sector companies.

Where given, company sizes are measured by the number of people they employ. This figure usually includes all employees of the company, or parent company - not just those employed in the North East.

A few companies are listed but carry no links - these are organisations that I estimate should have a significant recruitment effort (based on turnover and number of employees), but I can find no website or recruitment link on their website.

Other useful local company lists include Newcastle City Council's Business Directory, The NEPIC Directory, Yell, Free Index and Endole.

The linked websites are checked regularly for phishing, viruses and malware and any infected links are removed when found. Companies who only offer low-quality jobs such as unpaid internships, commission-only sales or work-at-home piecework will not be included. Minimum company size is generally 50+ employees and £1M+ turnover, however exceptions are made where future expansion seems likely or where the company works in an area where jobs are scarce in the North East.

The list is not exhaustive. Suggestions for new additions or corrections are welcome.

Unfortunately, many of the websites linked to below require Javascript enabled to function correctly.

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UK Home Ownership, House Prices and Wages: Prices Rising, Ownership Falling

The price of a home has been rising faster than wages. Ownership levels are dropping.

The chart above shows that house prices for first-time buyers have massively inflated between 1969 and 2012. Not only have prices increased, but they have become more unaffordable. In 1969 the average home cost just over £4,000, against an average buyers' wage of £1,600 (price: 2.5 times income). By 2012, the price had increased to almost £182,000 against a buyers' wage of just under £45,000 (price: 4 times income). The following graph shows the same data between 1978-2012, adjusted for inflation using 2012 as the basis.

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Is it just me, or does the quality of writing in Reddit comments tend to be a bit dull?

These days it's not as bad as it was, but go back a few years – roughly 2008 - and it was oddly flat, almost like it was written by machine, or people were running their comments through a special boring filter.

I figured out how to make such a filter, once. It's a combination of an automated or semi-automated thesaurus and a table of word frequencies – just change all words to their most often-used versions, dropping the writing down the Fleisher-Kincaid levels.

It would be a good disguise if you didn't want to be identified by your writing style and choice of words (especially if a tool to analyse and match the surrounding comments' style was added to the filter) but it's very dull to read. Such a filter is probably also useful for taking out any accidental subtext – but it has the possible side-effect of sensitising regular readers to subtext when they see it again.

For a while I spent so much time reading that flat style of writing that it got stuck in my brain and even I started thinking and writing the same way. It wasn't a very nice experience.

How an entire website of supposedly different and unconnected people all came to write in the same style, I can only guess.

As I mentioned earlier, it's better now than it was, but it's still a bit odd. From time to time, I dip into Reddit and try to stir things up a bit in whatever way I can.

One such attempt was the brief novelty account, Translated-to-Sci-Fi (note: may not be suitable for children or viewing at work).* My method for this account was to get very drunk, and then pick whatever caught my eye on the front pages and weave some sort of fragment of fiction from it in the genre of Sci-Fi. It was quite fun, I might do it again some time.

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How an Ageing Population Affects Voting Power in the UK

Younger age groups have less voting power and will have even less in future.

The most obvious feature of this dataset is that voting turnout amongst the 18-34 group has been in decline since 1983, though it did start to pick up again for the 25-34 year olds in 2005 and for the 18-24 year olds in 2010. Turnout amongst the older age groups has remained consistently higher since 1997, and the difference is particularly noticeable in the 2001 and 2005 general elections.

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The Top 100 Names for Children Born in England and Wales 2012

There were over 28,000 different boys' names and over 36,000 different girls' names spread over 729,674 births. The top 10 names account for 13% of all names. The names are listed in order of popularity (most popular to least popular).



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Are There too Many Immigrants in the UK? The Facts and Figures on Immigration

In a 2012 Ipsos MORI poll, 70% of respondents strongly agreed or tended to agree with the statement, "there are too many immigrants in Britain."

This is the highest level of agreement in the 10 polls in this series available from Ipsos MORI, covering 1989 to 2012.

The details of the 2012 poll can be seen below:

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Statistics: Inflation Across Europe 2005-2012

HICP / CPI Inflation figures for 27 EU countries 2005-2012

The graph below shows cumulative inflation levels for each of the EU countries available from the Office for National Statistics. The inflation index used is the HICP - the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (CPI in the UK).

The group of countries experiencing higher inflation over this period mainly consists of EU countries that have not joined the single currency - Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania. The exception in this group is the newest addition to the Eurozone, Estonia, which adopted the Euro in 2011.

The following graph shows the same data with an adjusted scale on the Y-axis to show the lower-inflation group of countries in greater detail.

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I usually enjoy writing. Or I used to, anyway. A long time ago, I wanted to be a writer of some sort, perhaps a journalist. In retrospect, the old version of me would have been very ill-suited to it some ways – possibly I still am.

I've noticed something interesting about writing. It's something that hadn't really occurred to me until a few years ago. Unless a writer only ever creates rather dry articles such as the previous one, then they will, slowly but surely, reveal what sort of person they are, how they think, what they feel, what their strengths and weaknesses are.

As you might gather from some of my other work here, privacy is something I value highly, though that is probably true of almost everyone.

There's the sticking point. There might be some things I value more than my own privacy (though it's never an easy trade), but what right do I have to take it from others?* People's characters and views are probably mostly formed by their experiences, and their experiences are mostly created by the people around them – the people they spend, or have spent, most time with.

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1,000 to 1,500 Jobs to be Lost at Middlesbrough Council

Exciting Times: Up to half of council's employees to be sacked due to budget savings - consultation to be opened.

The Northern Echo and Evening Gazette report that Middlesbrough must save an additional £11M on top of previous cost-saving estimates, which may result in the loss of up to 1,500 employees - over half the number of people currently working at the council (2,500).

In a subsequent article, the Northern Echo reports that 600 jobs have already been lost since 2010.

Looking at the Council's own 'employment details' figures published on their website, we can see that they have indeed reduced their headcount by 554. However, measured in terms of full-time jobs, the number of people employed has actually only reduced by 227 (Note: figures don't include school staff.)

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The lengths I go to protect my - and other people's - privacy

In the light of the Guardian's Prism coverage, I've been making some changes.

I've long suspected that the level of surveillance was something like that, but it's one thing to suspect, and another to see the evidence.

Combined with general hacking, PI snooping and press intrusions into privacy, I sometimes feel we might as well all walk around naked. Look, should I just save everyone some time and hand over my entire life history to some random journalist or government official? Maybe you'd like some measurements and naked pics while I'm at it?

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