Blyth, a port town in the south east corner of Northumberland, is the county’s largest town. Home to 37,339 people, it has suffered in recent decades from the decline of traditional industries. Unemployment is at 7.9% compared to the national average of 6.5%, and 29% of residents have no qualifications. But after years of stagnation, things are looking up. The quayside has been transformed with new offices and public areas, and there are plans to revamp the market area and wider town centre. The port, which dates back to the 12th century, was the biggest exporter of coal to Europe and is still a bustling port today. It has large warehousing facilities and handles more than 1.5m tonnes of cargo each year. Jobs in Blyth are found in technology and service industries, retail parks and sustainable energy research. According to Right Move, the average house price is £121,805, more than 50% cheaper than in nearby Newcastle upon Tyne, and the coast and countryside on the doorstep make it an enticing place to live and work.
Blyth Job Opportunities
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) Census 2011, 10% of people work in public administration and defence jobs and 10% in manufacturing. Blyth Development Trust reports that Blyth has many large employers providing retail and manufacturing jobs. Major employers include Port of Blyth, Draeger Safety, Asda, Fergusons, Tharsus, Procter & Gamble, Morrison’s and Catapult research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.
Blyth Employment Trends
Northumberland Economic Strategy has plans to create 10,000 jobs by 2031 and Blyth’s share will play a key part helping restore pride in the ancient port. New jobs in Blyth will include building a Maritime Centre, a boatyard providing training opportunities and building a re-furbished Tall Ship offering charter expeditions. Jobs Blyth will be the headlines when tourism initiatives attract more visitors and in turn new businesses, and industry-linked education and training programmes boost opportunities further.