Consett Introduction Consett in Durham County, England, is 14 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne and has a population of ...
Consett in Durham County, England, is 14 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne and has a population of 27,394 (2011 census). The town was a major hub for iron and steel industries from the 17th century to the 1970s. Following the closure of Consett Steelworks in 1980, the town underwent a planned redevelopment entitled "Project Genesis." Modern housing developments have now taken over former steelworks sites, and the town has carved a niche as a low cost housing destination. The town has a rich cultural base, with many theatres. The town is near the Pennines and the Derwent Valley, which offer spectacular vistas and contribute to a high quality of life for residents. Consett is today a popular place to live for people in the wider region of Durham and Tyne & Wear, and offers a good taste of the countryside.
The cost of living in Consett is moderate, with the Eardex Cost of Living Index estimating eating out to cost £10, half a litre of beer to cost £2.71, and petrol to cost £1.37.
Consett Job Opportunities
There are several jobs available at Consett, and also at near-by Durham and Tyne and Wear. Around 185 small and medium sized businesses of various hues have replaced the steel plants and provide plenty of employment, both full time and part time. The top employers in the town are Phileas Fogg snack company, and The Explorer Group, UK's second largest manufacturer of caravans. The nature of jobs in Consett on offer are diverse, and include administration jobs, catering jobs, managerial jobs, teaching jobs, IT support, jobs in science and research, caretaker jobs, and more.
Consett Employment Outlook
The employment outlook in Consett is positive. The Office of National Statistics reveals that overall, 4.2% of Consett's population are under Jobseeker's allowance, and the percentage of population seeking any type of benefit, including work benefits, is 18.3%. Although these figures are higher than the national average, Consett's economy is on an upward trajectory, after the big slump of the 1980s.