Seaham Overview Lively harbour town Seaham nestles in a string of former coal-mining villages lining the North Sea’s ...
Lively harbour town Seaham nestles in a string of former coal-mining villages lining the North Sea’s shoreline of County Durham. Its spectacular sea views impressed poet Lord Byron who wintered here in 1815. The area’s economy depended on coal mining and the closure of the last pit in 1992 negatively impacted the area, leading to a decline in population. After multi-million pound investments dramatically rejuvenated the economy and cleaned up the polluted beaches, Seaham became popular with relocating families. It is home to 22,000 residents, lured by its fine beaches, good transport links and raft of Seaham jobs. According to the 2011 Census, it has a higher rate of home ownership than the national average, suggesting it is a fairly affluent place to live.
Seaham Job Opportunities
Through the Seaham Regeneration Strategy, significant investment has helped create more than 2,000 jobs in Seaham since 1994, including customer service, public administration, marketing, retail and IT, as well as some warehousing jobs. The Victorian port has undergone massive transformation to create a bustling marina with 77 berths and business units. Seaham Hall, Lord Byron’s wedding venue, is now one of the North East’s most luxurious hotels and Byron Place shopping centre opened in 2009. Dalton Park, the region’s biggest outlet shopping centre, has expanded and Enterprise Zones at Seaham Grange, Foxcover and Spectrum offer office, call centre, light industrial and logistics jobs.
Seaham Employment Trends
Unemployment is higher than the national average according to the 2011 Census, but the picture is brighter after £5 million was earmarked for raising education attainment. Logistic operators are attracted to Seaham because of its location between the Tyneside and Teeside conurbations and strategic transport networks. ResQ recently opened a new contact centre at Spectrum Business Park with the promise of 1,200 jobs in Seaham within three years in IT, HR, training and support staff. customer-service jobs will also increase in number and tourism is also playing an increasing part in boosting jobs in Seaham.