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Newcastle Overview It was once seen as a gritty place for the working class, but Newcastle has well and truly shed its ...

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Newcastle Overview

It was once seen as a gritty place for the working class, but Newcastle has well and truly shed its dowdy reputation. In 2014, Guardian readers named it the UK's best city. That might surprise people that haven't visited Newcastle in some time, but proud Geordies, the residents of Newcastle upon Tyne, insist it was never in doubt.

Newcastle's location on the northern banks of the River Tyne makes it more picturesque than inland centres and its compact design is ideal for pedestrians and cyclists. Pubs, clubs and bars are dotted throughout the city, so no matter where you work, it's never too far grab a quick pint before heading home.

Locals will find affordable drinks throughout Newcastle and cheap meals in exotic dining precincts like the Bigg Market area and Chinatown's Stowell Street. Young professionals enjoy urban conveniences and relatively affordable rents around Lemington, Throckley, Newburn and the city centre. Properties are a little more expensive around the west end and Fenham, but most are large enough to suit growing families.

Newcastle Job Opportunities

The city was built on coal mining, but today most jobs in Newcastle are in the service and retail industries. Eldon Square Shopping Centre is one of the UK's largest shopping complexes and a major employer of retail workers. Many retail professionals also work in Newcastle's shopping strips, including Northumberland Street, Grainger Town and the streets surrounding Grey's Monument.

Newcastle is also earmarked to become the UK's first carbon neutral town, a move that should see more roles created in alternative energies.

Newcastle Employment Trends

Newcastle and Gateshead Councils have pledged to invest £92million into the local economy. Their efforts should create 1,500 new permanent jobs in Newcastle and nearby Gateshead by 2017, and 13,000 new permanent roles by 2037. The creation of new businesses and the expansion of existing premises will also create additional jobs in the local construction sector.

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