Hexham is a market town in the county of Northumberland in the North East of England. It is the largest centre of population and commercial activity in the government district of Tynedale, which lies to the south-west of the county. The town is situated close to the A69 trunk road, which runs east-west across the Pennines from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carlisle and is on the Hadrian’s Wall Country railway line, so it is well connected by bus and rail services. Although the overall average property price in Hexham is significantly higher than the North East region as a whole, according to Rightmove, the town was listed as one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times in 2015.
Hexham Job Opportunities
According to Active Infographics, in 2015 the top ten jobs in Hexham included IT jobs, healthcare jobs and administrative jobs. Web designers, programmers and software development professionals were in particular demand, although it is also worth noting that Egger, which has a factory in Hexham, is one of the major employers in Northumberland, as far as manufacturing jobs are concerned. Nevertheless, a smaller proportion of Hexham residents are employed in the manufacturing sector than in Northumberland as a whole, or England as a whole. Hexham is also home to numerous independent retail outlets, Hexham Shambles Market and Hexham Farmers’ Market, so retail sales jobs in Hexham are also available.
Hexham Employment Trends
According to the Office for National Statistics, in the final quarter of 2015, the unemployment rate in the North East was the highest in the United Kingdom at 7.8%. However, a quarterly economic survey conducted by the North East Chamber of Commerce suggested that companies in the region had recovered strongly with robust performance in the first quarter of 2016, resulting in a positive outlook for jobseekers.