Everything you need to know about skills and wages
The location of Tees Valley and transport connections to it mean there is a wide catchment of labour to draw from. With a history of low labour turnover and high productivity, full-time workers in the region receive weekly pay that is 91% of the British average.
What else do you need to know?
In the Tees Valley you will find:
- A population of 660,600 (420,000 of working age)
- An unemployment rate of 4.1% compared to 2.1% nationally
- 36,000 people working in skilled trade occupations – at 12.4% of the workforce, this is above the UK average of 10.6%
- 23,000 people working in process plant and machinery occupations – at 7.8% of the workforce, this is above the UK average of 6.3%
- Two award winning universities providing bespoke industry specific training
- More employers finding 16-18-year-olds and graduates better prepared for work than those in the South East, North West and Midlands
- Salaries for engineering professionals and technicians that are 10% lower than the North West and below those in the South East and Midlands
Sources: ONS, HEFCE, 2012/13, UKCES 2013 Employer Skills Survey and Claimant Count 2014