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Report - Devolution to the north east: will it finally happen?

Local government representatives, academics and others from the north east of England gathered recently in Newcastle to discuss the future of devolution initiatives in the region. Read More

Report - The RF Earnings Outlook Q3 2016

Two big 2016 events dominate our view of the labour market and likely developments in the coming years – the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April, and the result of the EU referendum in June. Read More

Report - Future proof: Britain in the 2020s

Brexit is the firing gun on a decade of disruption. As the UK negotiates its new place in the world, an accelerating wave of economic, social and technological change will reshape the country, in often quite radical ways. Read More

5,000-job automotive park in Sunderland and South Tyneside gets backing from business leaders

The International Advanced Manufacturing Park aims to create 500 jobs a year from 2019 Read More

North East firms wanted to pitch for £250k worth of Sill Northumberland contracts

Catering and digital firms operating in the region are being invited to pitch for contracts worth a combined total of £250k at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, based in Northumberland National Park. Read More

North East economy shows first signs of slowdown ahead of potentially turbulent year

Survey by North East England Chamber of Commerce shows signs of lower growth in the region Read More

£65m to create thousands of jobs in Newcastle is finalised

Deal which sees Legal & General Capital invest in Newcastle's Science Central is finalised after first being announced in summer Read More

UK manufacturing reaches two-and-a-half year high at end of 2016

Manufacturing sector boosted by weak pound which has seen export sales receive a boost Read More

School in Newcastle city centre 'will drive forward the workforce of the future'

The £24.5m North East Future UTC scheme on the Stephenson Quarter will create the perfect learning environment, trustees say Read More

‘We must aspire to be a Global North East’, says Chamber President

North East England Chamber of Commerce President Mike Matthews has called on the region to stand up as a global powerhouse to do business, as the Chamber today launches its Manifesto for 2017. Read More

North East has the most optimistic business community, new survey suggests

Lloyds Bank's quarter Business in Britain report scores the North East as the UK's most positive region Read More

Report: Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2016 (MPSE)

This latest annual report from the New Policy Institute brings together the most recent data to present a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK. Read More

100 jobs to go as cuts continue to disrupt Redcar and Cleveland Council

Facing £25.6m worth of budget cuts, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has confirmed that its workforce will be reduced by up to 100 staff members over the next three years. Read More

Energy firm to create 40 new jobs with Blyth office opening

UK energy firm EDF Energy Renewables has opened a Blyth-based office to manage the construction of a new offshore wind farm, a move which will create 40 jobs in the area. Read More

Jobs at Eldon Square and the Metrocentre you can apply for now

Thinking of a career change or simply after a new job? Read More

North East manufacturing set for post-Brexit recovery in Q1 2017, survey says

North East manufacturers will finally see economic recovery in their sector in the first quarter of 2017, following industry turbulence post Brexit. Read More

Firms employing people in the North East make Best Places to Work list

Companies including John Lewis, GlaxoSmithKline and Accenture make the list compiled by website Glassdoor Read More

Business growth scheme captures funding to continue in 2017

Captured, the business growth scheme run by Newcastle University Business School, has secured funding to extend it into 2017. Read More

Four North East firms make Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table

Now in its twentieth year, the table ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing sales over three years. Read More

Report: The Great British Brain Drain

Where graduates move and why Read More

Report: Talking about poverty: how experts and the public understand UK poverty

This research identifies gaps and overlaps between public and expert understandings of UK poverty to suggest better ways of communicating about it and for building support to solve it. Read More

Report: Earning and learning: Making the apprenticeship system work for 16–18-year-olds

Boosting social mobility in Britain requires better education-to-work transitions for young people who have low qualifications. Reviewing the evidence, this report recommends that the government introduces a new, distinct pre-apprenticeship programme for 16–18-year-olds. Read More

Autumn Statement: Summary and Reactions from the North East business community

After Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor, we bring you multi-sector reaction from across the North East. Read More

£145m deal signed for North East super fund

Hundreds of North East businesses are set to benefit from a £145m super fund, after a deal was signed today. Read More

1.215 million people in work gives North East another record employment high

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have shown a rise in North East employment, with the region’s unemployment rate falling below 7%. Read More

North East startup scene ‘performing well’, according to latest study

The region’s startup scene is ‘performing well’ according to the Barclays Entrepreneurs Index, a study examining the UK’s entrepreneurial landscape. Read More

Fledgling firms set to shine at North East Business Awards 2017

Could your firm win the Newcomer of the Year Award? The current holder of the trophy is Saving Energy North East Read More

North East businesses told to grow by targeting exports

Entrepreneurs' Forum releases research showing that growth companies in the North East are optimistic for the year ahead Read More

Fifty North East jobs created as Wilko comes to intu Metrocentre

The value home and garden retailer is opening a 20,000sqft store in the Blue Mall Read More

Christmas jobs in the North East: Here are the best paid temporary vacancies still going

As the Christmas countdown continues there are still seasonal vacancies up for grabs across the North East Read More

A look at the massive manufacturing site which will create 500 jobs every year in Sunderland and South Tyneside

Plans to create a major automotive manufacturing hub have moved up a gear, with public consultation getting underway later this month. Read More

Newcastle sweet manufacturers Nestle pledge to create jobs for young people

Food giant wants to create at least 3,000 jobs for young people at its sites around the world by 2020 Read More

Report: Double take: workers with multiple jobs and reforms to National Insurance

The tax treatment of workers with multiple jobs may be reformed as part of proposals by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to more closely align National Insurance (NI) and income tax. Read More

Report: England’s apprenticeships: Assessing the new system

This briefing paper reviews the government's new apprenticeship system for England – why reform was needed, how well the new system will work, concerns about its effects, and its implications for policy. It also recommends how the incoming regime could be better adapted to our 21st century economy, and reverse the 30-year decline in the youth labour market. Read More

Report: Improving pay, progression and productivity in the retail sector

How can low-paid retail workers earn more and progress in their jobs in a way that supports their business and the wider economy? Read More

Report: Brexit and the UK labour market

Using exclusive and up-to-the-minute data, IPPR analysis shows that other than an uncharacteristic downturn in job postings in the finance sector – particularly in London – employer recruitment patterns in the two months before and after the Brexit vote were in line with previous trends across all parts of the economy. Read More

Report: What Employers Want programme provides new opportunities for young people

With the success of the What Employers Want programme, culminating in the creation of the What Employers Want website, Learning and Work are pleased to announce the exciting next phase of the project to tackle youth unemployment. Read More

Jobs lost as Engineering Group enters administration

A Northumberland-headquartered electrical and mechanical engineering group has entered administration after failing to raise external finance as part of its turnaround strategy. Read More

North East M&S staff to wait up to five years to learn their jobs fate

Marks & Spencer has announced plans to close 60 stores, affecting thousands of workers Read More

Women shoulder the responsibility of ‘unpaid work’

Women carry out an overall average of 60% more unpaid work than men, ONS analysis has shown Read More

Northumbria University supporting SMEs to employ Graduate Interns

Northumbria University is launching a new European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project to support regional Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), enterprise growth and graduate jobs in the North East. Read More

Newcastle rises table in UK growth index but Sunderland and Middlesbrough struggle

Good Growth for Cities is published by PwC and Demos and rates communities in 10 key areas Read More

Weight Watchers reshoring to create 50 new jobs in Gateshead

Gateshead-based Spark Response, an outsourcer of customer service, has won a contract with Weight Watchers which will create 50 new jobs. Read More

Green Light for latest Riverside project

Plans for the next phase of construction at Durham's Riverside development, which includes £160m of inward investment and the creation of more than 1,650 jobs, have been approved. Read More

Report: Competing with the continent

How UK cities compare with their European counterparts. Read More

Report: Devolution: our offer of support

Devolution is fundamentally changing the way local decisions are made and how public services are funded. It provides greater freedoms and flexibilities at a local level, resulting in more effective, better targeted public services, greater growth and stronger partnerships between public, private and community leaders. Read More

Report: Changing Tax: pressing reset on the UK’s tax policy

In this note, Resolution Foundation consider how the Chancellor might reset the UK’s tax policy in the Autumn Statement, with a particular focus on the personal allowance threshold and corporation tax. Read More

New careers guidance tool for every secondary school in England

Every secondary school in the country has been given access to a free tool to measure the effectiveness of their careers education and guidance against a series of nationally recognised benchmarks to give young people the best start in the world of work. Read More

Skills in a fast moving world

CEO of the City & Guilds Group talks about the importance of skills in an every changing world to meet the demands of the future. Read More

Five Most Popular Types of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes and they are banded into subject sector areas or types of apprenticeships Read More

BT to create 70 South Tyneside jobs

Telecoms giant BT is set to create 70 employment opportunities at its offices in South Tyneside. Read More

Nissan to build new Qashqai in Sunderland securing 7,000 jobs

Japanese car maker Nissan has announced it is to manufacture its new model Qashqai, and the X-Trail SUV, at its Sunderland plant in a significant post-Brexit commitment to the UK. Read More

Sitel to create 50 jobs in Newcastle following government contract win

Sitel UK, a national provider of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), has revealed it will be creating at least 50 new jobs in Newcastle. Read More

Report: Low Pay Britain 2016

Resolution Foundation's sixth annual report on the prevalence of low pay in Britain. Read More

£700k business park investment lined up

The owners of a Darlington business park are investing £700,000 in response to demand for extra space. Read More

Newcastle City Library 'skills hub' has seen dozens move into employment or training

The hub was set up in the wake of a report which found that the skills offering in Newcastle was 'inconsistent' Read More

Work starts on £79m Gentoo homes scheme on site of Prudhoe Hospital

Demolition work is under way on the scheme, which will secure more than 350 jobs and create 404 new homes Read More

Launch of £2million cash pot will boost North East businesses

Firms are now invited to apply for a share of the North East Business Support Fund to help the region's SMEs grow Read More

Nearly 15,000 people apply for 78 train driver jobs at Virgin East Coast

Virgin gets almost 200 applications per job in largest recruitment programme since the 1980s Read More

Entrepreneurial Spark boosts North East startups with Newcastle expansion

Business startup accelerator program Entrepreneurial Spark has expanded to Newcastle, supporting new enterprise in the region. Read More

Four new faces boost North East LEP’s business growth board

Four of the region’s leading businesspeople have joined the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) business growth board. Read More

North East employment rate rises faster than any other UK region

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have shown a rise in North East employment, a rate which has increased more than another other UK region. Read More


The If We Can You Can Challenge is now open to all 0-3-year-old businesses in the North East of England. Read More

Government plans to make the UK one of the most digitally skilled nations

Learning and Work Institute have welcomed the UK Government's new policy to make the UK one of the most digitally-skilled nations by offering publicly-funded basic digital skills training free of charge to ‘adults in England who need it’. Read More

North East Devolution Commission Launches Youth Employment Policy

The North East Devolution Commission has revealed its first policy, which is designed to end youth unemployment in the region. Read More

Port of Blyth to get £2m training centre specialising in renewable energy

Centre brings together the port's training subsidiary with Newcastle University and Northumberland College Read More

More than 1,300 Sunderland jobs set for major manufacturing and commercial scheme

Wear Point 55 is earmarked for land next to Nissan, and national retailers have already expressed an interest in taking on space Read More

Economic gap between North East and London will widen by £57bn, report warns

Study says North East economy will grow in the next 10 years but won't keep pace with cities in the South East Read More

Tees Valley: £15m funding package puts devolution plans in motion

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy has announced the transfer of £15m of government money into Tees Valley, the first part of the region’s devolution payment. Read More

Six North East firms ranked among top 250 UK private mid-market growth companies

Six North East companies have been recognised amongst the UK’s fastest growing firms. Read More

Report: Silence is not a strategy

Whitehall has begun to build the machinery of Brexit, but the Government doesn’t yet know what to do with it. This briefing paper assesses the progress the Government has made towards planning for Brexit. Read More

Report: Brexit and the UK labour market

Using exclusive and up-to-the-minute data, IPPR analysis shows that other than an uncharacteristic downturn in job postings in the finance sector – particularly in London – employer recruitment patterns in the two months before and after the Brexit vote were in line with previous trends across all parts of the economy. Read More

Report: UK business register and employment survey (BRES): 2014 revised and 2015 provisional

The Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) is the official source of employee and employment estimates by detailed geography and industry. Read More

MI6 looking to recruit hundreds more staff

If you fancy your chances as a real life James Bond, get your application into the British Secret Intelligence Service Read More

Gender pay gap won't close until 2069 unless women go into tech careers

Report from accountants Deloitte says women can make up ground on men by moving into science and engineering jobs Read More

£5.5m Northern Impact Fund launched to boost social enterprises

A new £5.5m fund, offering grant and unsecured loan finance to social enterprises has launched across the North of England and the Midlands. Read More

North East businesses have free chance to take centre stage

Innovative businesses in the region have a chance to take centre stage at VentureFest North East this autumn. Read More

Is the North East Combined Authority now on the verge of collapse over devolution?

George Osborne, the architect of the North East devolution deal, has decried the region's 'missed opportunity' Read More

Three North East councils plan their own devolution deal with the Government

Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside begin talks after wider North East devolution package falls through Read More

LA7 ESF Community Grants

Gateshead Council, on behalf of the 7 Local Authorities in the NE LEP area, is now seeking bids from Third Sector Organisations for the provision of Community Projects to support a range of activities aimed at assisting disadvantaged or excluded people to move closer to the labour market through increasing their skills. Read More


In the wake of Brexit and uncertainty surrounding devolution, the Chair of the North East LEP Andrew Hodgson, has reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to leading strategic economic growth Read More

Report: Competing with the continent

How UK cities compare with their European counterparts. Read More

Report: UK poverty: Causes, costs and solutions

JRF’s comprehensive report, UK poverty: Causes, costs and solutions, presents the evidence for their strategy to solve UK poverty. Read More

Report: UKCES Futures Programme conclusions and guidance

This final report presents the evaluation of the UK Futures Programme (UKFP), including the learning for policy in the areas covered, plus guidance on implementing such an ‘innovation lab’ type project by other partners. Read More


The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has reaffirmed its intention to secure the funds and is working in partnership with the North East LEP to do so. Read More

1,500 jobs as £100m industrial park in North Tyneside takes major step forward

Indigo Park, spearheaded by Highbridge Properties, will generate more than 1,500 jobs in North Tyneside Read More

North East has nearly 90,000 home businesses, new research suggests

Businesses started in the home bring £2.4bn into the regional economy, according to new research Read More

Use of zero hours contracts rises by 20%, new figures show

More than 900,000 people now say they are on zero hours contracts, making up around 3% of the UK workforce Read More

More than 1,000 Newcastle City Council workers set for a pay rise

Newcastle City Council has confirmed that those currently on the living wage will see a bump to their hourly pay Read More

Apprenticeship levy could harm training of young people, North East businesses say

North East England Chamber of Commerce adds to criticism of Government's Apprenticeship levy Read More

New jobs to be created at call centre on South Tyneside

New jobs at EC Outsourcing in Boldon come as firm diversifies from energy into other markets Read More

Small firms increasingly worried about UK economy, new report says

Survey by the Federation of Small Businesses sees big drop in business confidence after the EU referendum Read More

Hub launches in Newcastle to help tackle North East’s IT skills gap

A new hub dedicated to working with employers and young people in the tech sector has launched in Newcastle this month after two years of piloting. Read More

North East employment up 11,000 for the quarter

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have shown a considerable rise in North East employment between May and July. Read More

Middlesbrough indoor market launches enterprise initiative to boost new business

Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market, part of the town’s Dundas Shopping Centre, has launched a new initiative to help entrepreneurs test out their retail business ideas by minimising costs and risks. Read More

Durham Council reveals business incubator plans after £3m purchase

Durham County Council has purchased Salvus House office space in Durham for £3m and plans to turn the building into a thriving hub to help small businesses. Read More

Cobalt Jobs Fair 2016

Building on the success of last year’s Cobalt Jobs Fair, which saw over 670 jobseekers attend from throughout the region, a further event will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 Read More

Report - After Brexit: Net migration, unemployment and job vacancies

This new report examines what increasing unemployment and falling job vacancies could mean for net migration in 2020. It suggests UK net migration could fall by 58% in wake of UK’s decision to leave the European Union Read More

Careers advice in schools has been added to the skills minister brief, as part of the machinery of government changes.

The announcement, as part of a ministerial shake up at the DfE, comes almost four weeks after Justine Greening was appointed education secretary – and three weeks after Mr Halfon tweeted that he had been given the apprenticeships and skills brief. Read More

The Great Business Debate - What can UK business learn from the North East?

The CBI's Sarah Gledinning on the region's businesses who are taking part in The Great Business Debate Read More

Seaham businesswoman Alice Weightman named Entrepreneur of the Year in top London awards

Alice Weightman's business The Work Crowd also took the top trophy at the FSB London Business Awards Read More

Could Brexit actually be used as a catalyst to get behind the United Kingdom's manufacturing sector?

North East business leaders have their say in the aftermath of the EU referendum result. Read More

5000 jobs and £300m of investment: Get involved in plans to shape the future of Sunderland and South Tyneside

Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils are urging residents and businesses to put forward opinions on a joint venture which is said to have the potential to transform the economic fortunes of the areas for generations to come. Read More

New initiative launched to help new Tees Valley startups and budding entrepreneurs

Budding Tees Valley entrepreneurs have been boosted by a new business support scheme, launched to help new startups in the area. Read More

Northumbria Uni brings startup experts together to launch UK’s first applied entrepreneurship postgrad

Northumbria University has launched a unique proposition that could see attendees of a new entrepreneurship course gain a Master’s degree, pay back tuition fees in one year and run their own business. Read More

260 jobs created at EE offices in North Tyneside and Darlington

EE, now part of the BT Group, has already created 200 regional jobs this year, but is recruiting more to reshore all customer service calls Read More

Hundreds of construction jobs set to be created as part of £92m GSK investment

The pharma firm has said several hundred construction and engineering jobs will be created to build a facility at Barnard Castle Read More

Improving skills is the key challenge for business, but also a big opportunity

the CBI on how businesses in the North East are working to improve skills levels Read More

Collaboration crucial to Northern Powerhouse prosperity, says EY report

Investing in the North report includes five action points for continued leadership and growth in foreign direct investment Read More

Newcastle a hub for SME education start-ups, new research reveals

The research also found a huge number of SME start-ups use their own savings to get ventures off the ground Read More

North East is shaking off low skills history to become thriving hub, report finds

The IPPR report also urges employers and councils to work together to tackle remaining skills gaps Read More

NELEP invites applications to join the Business Growth Board

Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East LEP, invites applications to join the Business Growth Board. Read More

Big opportunities lie ahead for the Tees Valley

Following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, Bdaily caught up with new Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to find out the Minister’s thoughts regarding the future of the Tees Valley Read More

Report: Making the Living Wage: The Resolution Foundation review of the Living Wage

The recommendations outlined in this review aim to further strengthen the Living Wage campaign. They set out an improved Living Wage methodology to underpin the campaign as it moves into the next stage of its development while being more firmly grounded in the cost of living. Read More

Report: UK labour market projections: 2014 to 2024

UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Working Futures labour market projections for the period 2014 to 2024. Read More

Report: Tipping the balance: Maximising the North East as a skills hub

The North East has historically been considered a ‘low skills’ region, but there are indications that it may soon start to realise its potential as a hub for professional and technical skills. This report considers the challenges facing the region in terms of skills, education and training, and makes practical recommendations for how these can be overcome. Read More

Report: A Minimum Income Standard for the UK in 2016

The 2016 update of the Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom, based on what members of the public think people need for an acceptable minimum standard of living Read More

Report: Net migration, unemployment and job vacancies: What will increasing unemployment and falling job vacancies mean for net migration in 2020?

New report suggests UK net migration could fall by 58% in wake of UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Read More

North East unemployment still the worst in the UK - figures reveal

Latest figures see a fall in the jobless total but region still way out front compared to rest of country Read More

School leavers given construction training in scheme involving Armed Forces

North East training provider NCT Skills for Life has set the new initiative in motion in a bid to tackle youth unemployment rates Read More

300 new jobs to be created by retailers at £30m Silverlink shopping park extension

Next and three other new stores are set to open at Silverlink Point, all of which are recruiting into scores of new roles Read More

Formation of new Government is pivotal moment for the UK

Sarah Glendinning of the CBI says that new Government has the chance to deliver fairer growth across the UK Read More

Government vs Business: Who should drive the Northern Powerhouse forward?

Since Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, which included Northern Powerhouse stalwart James Wharton losing his job, many business speculators in the North East have been left wondering what the future holds for the government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative. Read More

The time is now: North East firms encouraged to explore Chinese business links

With business uncertainty very much at the forefront of many a mind in the region following Brexit, North East firms are being encouraged to explore the possibility of trade further afield. Read More

South Tyneside contact centre announces plans to create 500 jobs by 2017

Working with the likes of Scottish Power, Spark Energy and Utilita Energy, the South Tyneside-based business has generated 50% growth in sales in the last two months and is targeting a turnover of £20m by 2017. Read More

Report: Children living in long-term workless households: UK

This note describes how estimates of children living in long-term workless households have been produced using the Annual Population Survey (APS) household dataset. Read More

UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015: UK report

UK results from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' (UKCES) Employer Skills Survey 2015 of 91,000 employers. Read More

Report: Passports to Progress: How do vocational qualifications help young people in building their careers?

SMF: The UK has struggled to provide the right balance of academic and vocational education to suit the choices of young people and the needs of the economy. In particular, vocational education has been under-valued and treated as second-best to academic qualifications. Read More

How North East pupils are being let down by poor careers advice in schools

House of Commons inquiry highlights concerns from the North East Chamber of Commerce about careers advice in schools Read More

Pilot aims to get youngsters on track for successful career

A national skills pilot is being trialled in the North East to improve the quality of careers advice for schoolchildren. Read More

Watch dancing robot controlled by school students as part of Work Discovery Week career fair

Work Discovery Week, which launched at the Stadium of Light on Monday, aims to tackle youth unemployment across Sunderland Read More

Business support centre The Hub in Washington to grow five-fold

North East BIC to add 40,000 sq ft to The Hub in Washington after it reached full capacity within a year Read More

Are these the top five Newcastle companies to work for?

A tech consultancy, a recruiter and a university are among those to score highly on the list Read More

North East LEP seeks reassurances over proposed EU-funded projects

With uncertainty shrouding the UK’s economic climate in the wake of Brexit, the region’s Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking reassurances that the government will deliver on projects funded through EU money. Read More

NELEP Survey: Have your say in shaping the region’s economic future

The survey questions cover a breadth of key issues relating to how to progress the development of the SEP. Read More

UKEF provides almost half of North East export support

UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, provided over £7m in support for nearly £16m of exports in the North East from April 2015-March 2016. Read More

Report: The EU Referendum and UK Poverty

The first evidence-based briefing of how the outcome of the EU referendum on June 23 could affect people in poverty. Read More

Report: Gateways to the northern powerhouse: A northern ports strategy

The north of England’s major ports are vital and high-performing assets for region's industries and economy, and the right strategy could further transform the North into an east–west supercorridor connecting Atlantic shipping with continental Europe. Read More

Report: Working Together? The impact of the EU referendum on UK employers

A vote to leave Europe could theoretically lead to the deregulation of the UK’s labour market, and to the end of the free movement of workers. Citizens of member countries of the European Union, or the European Economic Area (EEA), have the right to live and work in other EU and EEA countries. As a consequence of its membership of the EU, UK employers are also bound by a range of labour market rules and directives determining working practices, such as the Working Time Directive. Read More

New chair appointed at Combined Authority

The new chair of the North East Combined Authority has described being appointed to the role as ‘an honour’. Read More

ICE backs North East Devolution Deal

Placing infrastructure improvements at the heart of the devolution agenda could have "significant benefits" for the region, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East. Read More

North East firms determined to make it 'business as usual' in wake of Brexit

Companies across the North East have declared UK’s decision to leave the EU as a pivotal turning point – but are determined it should be “business as usual” with international links maintained and strengthened. Read More

Nissan staying silent on EU vote - with impact likely to take years

Nothing is likely to happen at the plant in the short term, but fears have been expressed for future investment Read More

More than £1.5bn wiped off value of listed North East firms following Brexit vote

Company directors have called for clarity, stability and for firms to rally together to secure the best deal for the North East Read More

Digital leaders urged to become school governors to ease North East skills crisis

High profile businesspeople discuss how links with education can pave the way for the future workforce Read More

North East subsea sector weathering the worst of the oil and gas crisis

Sector has lost jobs but innovation has helped it to fare better than the wider oil and gas market Read More

850,000 more North jobs could be created by 2050, new report reveals

The Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review has identified ‘capabilities’ in which the North is a world leader Read More

Durham poised to boost city centre independents next week

Durham Business Improvement District (BID) is putting the town’s independent business at its forefront next week, hosting a week long local shopping celebration. Read More

Northern Ports come together in historic deal to gain government’s ear

Ports across the North are coming together to ensure their unified voice is heard by the government to improve freight and transport links. Read More

£75m plan announced to create triple-decker North Tyneside roundabout

Highways England has revealed plans to transform the A19/A1058 Coast Road junction into a triple decker roundabout in North Tyneside. Read More

Report: An Update From The Pensions Regulator On The Workplace Pension

Recent findings show automatic enrolment doesn’t have to be costly for small and micro employers and that it pays not to put your head in the sand. Read More

Report: The value of apprenticeships: Beyond wages

The SMF has undertaken research to look at what types of apprenticeships create the most value, in terms of both wages and firm performance. This in turn will help inform policy recommendations on how Government should support the next phase of the apprenticeships programme. Read More

ONS Report: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings: 2015 Provisional Results

Data on levels, distribution and make-up of earnings and hours worked for UK employees by sex and full-time/part-time status in all industries and occupations. Read More

Thousands more in work across the North East as unemployment hits eight year low

There are 7,000 fewer job seekers in the North East according to the latest government figures Read More

1,200 jobs to be created as company invests in County Durham

Call centre operator ResQ is opening plant in Seaham, with support likely from The Journal's Let's Grow Fund Read More

Offshore wind industry providing lifeline for North East companies

Work in the wind power market is providing help to firms that are struggling in the oil and gas market Read More

Northern Powerhouse Minister to lead conference on the next steps for North East devolution

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton MP is heading to Newcastle next month as the keynote guest speaker at a conference setting out the next steps for the Northern Powerhouse. Read More

Redevelopment of North East shipyard makes progress

A £980k package of civil engineering improvements to the former Swan Hunter shipyard in Newcastle has been completed. Read More

£6.83m investment at County Durham’s NETPark to create 1400 jobs

NETPark, located in Sedgefield, County Durham, is due to undergo a series of infrastructure works in the next phase of a plan to deliver new space for high-growth tech companies. Read More

Report: City systems: The role of small and medium-sized towns and cities in growing the northern powerhouse

This IPPR paper argues for a more sophisticated understanding of the urban system in the North of England. It acknowledges the vital role that the big cities must play in driving northern prosperity, but makes recommendations for a more coherent and comprehensive approach to regional economic strategy that gives greater attention to the complementary strengths of small and medium-sized towns and cities Read More

Small towns and cities in the North vital to the economy, report says

Report from IPPR North says Northern Powerhouse is about more than just the region's big six cities Read More

ONS Report: UK economic review: June 2016

Commentary on the latest GDP estimate, labour market conditions and other economic issues. Read More

Report: CITIE: The Northern Powerhouse Analysis

This report, which is written by Nesta, Accenture, and Future Cities Catapult, focuses on the performance, potential for innovation, and entrepreneurship in the context of devolution in the Northern Powerhouse region. Read More

Report: Retention deficit: a new approach to boosting employment for people with health problems and disabilities

The government has positioned halving the disability employment gap as a central challenge for the UK labour market. To make significant progress on this ambition, a comprehensive set of changes will be needed, alongside a cultural shift in how we view the connections between disability, health and employment in this country. Read More

Report: UKCES Futures Programme thematic report: supply chains

UKCES report on the theme of supply chains in the offsite construction, and management and leadership productivity challenges. Read More

Report: Tees Valley: opportunity unlimited

An independent report by Lord Heseltine that makes recommendations to further develop the Tees Valley area. Read More

Nissan switches on solar farm at Sunderland

Made of up 19,000 photo-voltaic panels, the new 4.75MW facility is now fully operational at Nissan Sunderland Plant, as Nissan strives towards its twin goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities. Read More

North East exports suffer slight fall in year’s first quarter

The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) has reported the latest trade statistics show mixed fortunes for the region but a stronger performance than the rest of the country. Read More

Tees Valley ‘ready as ever to deliver in a global marketplace’, Lord Heseltine

Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has revealed proposals to rejuvenate economic prosperity in the Tees Valley, believing the region to ‘ready as ever to deliver in a global marketplace’. Read More

Business surveys paint cautiously optimistic picture for North East economy

Surveys for manufacturers' organisation EEF and accountancy group EY see positives in the regional economy Read More

Multi-million pound Blyth offshore wind farm safeguards hundreds of jobs

The turbines will produce enough green energy to power 33,000 homes, and several North East firms are involved in its creation Read More

Newcastle technology hub is named best place to work in the UK

Campus North named Best British Workplace 2016by Adzuna and praised for its 'genuine sense of community' Read More

blogpost: Every city wants a vibrant tech scene. They can learn a lot from Newcastle

This week Tech North launched the Digital Powerhouse Report, detailing how collaboration can help boost the Northern tech sector. One city that exemplifies organic collaboration between different parts of the ecosystem is Newcastle. Here we take a closer look at the city’s story. Read More

ONS UK Perspectives: part 2 - 2016

This article is part of a series of UK Perspectives providing an overview of key aspects of the nation over the last three decades. Read More

Report: Building the Northern Powerhouse

Lessons from the Rhine-Ruhr and Randstad Read More

Report: Boosting Britain’s low-wage sectors: A strategy for productivity, innovation and growth

The UK's low-wage sectors have a big part to play in closing the gap with our European partners on productivity and innovation. Read More

Report: The Apprenticeship Levy: guidance for employers

The Government recently published a new guide for employers on the operating model for the forthcoming apprenticeship levy Read More

How having more young business leaders could create thousands of North East jobs

Labour MP Liam Byrne, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has warned the North East risks falling behind other regions Read More

Sage Group's 'speed-dating' sessions inspires North East's young entrepreneurs

The Newcastle-based software giant hosted 75 young people at the Great Park HQ in a day which featured pitches for seed funding Read More

North East retail training programme expands to serve up best job opportunities

The partnership between intu, Gateshead College and Jobcentre Plus has so far helped more than 200 people into work Read More

North East's growing tech scene hit by skills shortage, research suggests

The Watson Burton and NECC Tech Survey 2016 was designed to help tailor seminars and workshops to tackle barriers to growth Read More

Retailer Austin Reed to close 120 stores after administrator fails to find buyer

No buyer could be found for the 116-year-old business, which has a number of locations in the North East Read More

British Steel brand returns to the North East following Tata Steel sale

Greybull Capital has bought the Long Products business, saving hundreds of regional jobs, and is renaming the business British Steel Read More

15,000 new businesses started in North East thanks to Government scheme

North East has the highest take-up in the country of the New Enterprise Allowance, which helps the unemployed start their own firm Read More

North East business boosted as United Airlines recommences Newcastle New York service

United Airlines has recommenced its six times weekly nonstop service between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport. Read More

New flight route boosts trade links between between Newcastle and Norway

Newcastle Airport has launched a second route to Norway today, with a new route opening up to Stavanger. Read More

County Durham named one of UK’s top five startup areas

Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions has named the area third in the UK after 1,180 businesses were set up under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance programme in the county. Read More

Nissan switches on solar farm at Sunderland

Nissan has switched on a new solar farm at its Sunderland Plant, the firm’s biggest manufacturing site in Europe. Read More

Report: LEP Region Reports

The central role of LEPs — determining local economic priorities, driving economic growth and helping to increase regional productivity — all require a thorough understanding of the regional economy. To facilitate a better understanding of these regional economies, we have put together a series of reports, each one focusing on a different LEP region. The highlights of the reports include granular data (4-digit) on occupations and industries throughout; a look at the industries and occupations which make each region unique; and a look at the occupational make up of the most unique industry in each region. Read More

Report: The Digital Powerhouse

How collaboration can turbo-charge the Northern tech economy Read More

ONS Release: Low carbon and renewable energy economy, final estimates: 2014

Results from the first UK Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Survey (UK LCRE) for the reporting year 2014. The survey provides details of the low carbon and renewable energy economy in the UK Read More

ONS Release: Social capital across the UK: 2011 to 2012

How people feel about their neighbourhood across the UK. This article highlights that personal characteristics such as age, ethnicity and socio-economic status all have a role in explaining some of the differences observed between regions, urban and rural areas. Read More

ONS Release: Internet users in the UK: 2016

How internet use is correlated to various socio-demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, disability and geographical location. As a result of user needs, this release presents a new breakdown of internet users, into adults who have used the internet within the last 3 months (recent users) and adults who last used the internet more than 3 months ago (lapsed users). Read More

ONS Release: Introducing UK Perspectives 2016

Every day in the UK crucial decisions are made based on official statistics. Read More

ONS Release: Supporting devolution: developments in regional and local statistics

This article presents a brief summary of the main developments that we are working on over the next few years to provide a solid information base for regional and local decision-making in this new era of devolved policy-making. Read More

ONS Release: Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET): May 2016

Estimates of young people (aged 16 to 24) who are not in education, employment or training, by age and sex. Read More

Report: How innovation agencies work

This report considers how governments can get better at designing and running innovation agencies, drawing on examples from around the world. Read More

Report: Major development projects: connecting people in poverty to jobs

Can local partners do more to ensure that unemployed people benefit from job and training opportunities created by development? Read More

Report: Youth Jobs Index 2016

The first of an annual series, the new ‘Youth Jobs Index’ shows that more than a million young people in this country are spending six months not working or learning. This has a knock-on effect for the rest of their lives, reducing their opportunities and earnings. Read More

Report: Going The Extra Mile - Connecting Businesses And Rural Communities

Small businesses are the foundation of the British economy and form the heart of many rural communities. They make up 99.3 per cent of all businesses in the UK. They contribute 51 per cent to GDP and employ 60 per cent of the private sector workforce. Read More

Report: Enterprising Allies - FSB’s Discussion Paper On Small Business – University Engagement

This discussion paper focuses on engagement between small businesses and universities – it presents an overview of recent developments and sets out a series of recommendations for improving the mutual benefits for both small businesses and universities. Read More

£5.7bn windfall could be created by North East's Digital Powerhouse

A new report commissioned by Tech Report says collaborative working could also create thousands of more jobs Read More

1.3 million young people spend 6 months out of education, employment and training

Research published in the ‘Youth Jobs Index’ by Impetus-PEF, a charity supporting disadvantaged young people in the UK, reveals an average of 1.3 million (17%1) 16 to 24 year olds spend 6 months out of education, employment or training (NEET) Read More

North East businesses urged to take part in international business festival

North East businesses are being urged to get involved in the biennial International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016), which saw the completion of more than £280m of export and investment deals two years ago. Read More

Devolution: North East business reaction to region-defining decision

After a decision on North East Devolution was deferred back in March, The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has today moved ahead with plans to empower the region by voting to accept a devolution deal by 6 to 1. Read More

Revealed: £24m Teesside industrial regeneration could create 450 new jobs

Cramlington-based Ryedale Estates, a family owned professional company of surveyors, valuers and estate agents, is leading the development of the 20-acre site known as Cleveland Gate Read More

FSB calls for deeper engagement between universities and small business

New policy report discusses wide range of opportunities from R&D to fostering spin-outs Read More

North East SME Innovation Programme relaunched with £820,000 of European funding

BIC hopes initiative will help businesses grow their competitiveness and allow them to exploit more opportunities Read More

Foreign investment to North East at highest level in 10 years

Report reveals more than 3,200 jobs were created in the region by foreign investment Read More

North East Tech 50: meet the companies driving the digital revolution

We celebrate the region's most impressive digital companies as new report highlights their value to the economy Read More

Manufacturing industry can celebrate its past - but must look to the future

Liz Mayes from manufacturers' organisation EEF looks forward as it marks its 120th anniversary Read More

Newcastle businesses 'thriving' says Bank of England policymaker on visit to North East

External member of the Monetary Policy Committee Dr Martin Weale says he expects to see interest rate rises within two to three years' time Read More

£3.75m cash boost for North East business funding pot

The North East Growth Plus Fund has already invested £20.5m, which has safeguarded or created 1,000 jobs Read More

ONS Release - Regional Labour Market, May 2016

ONS have released the monthly Regional Labour Market Statistics for May 2016 Read More

ONS Release - UK Labour Market, May 2016

ONS have released the monthly UK Labour Market Statistics for May 2016 Read More

Report: The geography of the Tees Valley economy

The purpose of this paper is to look at the geography of jobs across the Tees Valley local enterprise partnership (LEP) area, compare this to other cities and LEPs in the UK and set out what this is likely to mean for the future performance of the Tees Valley economy. Read More

Report: The state of interactive data visualisation

Interactive data visualisation can be a highly effective tool for communicating insights from data. Read More

Report: An inclusive growth monitor for measuring the relationship between poverty and growth

This report presents a new tool – the inclusive growth monitor – to measure the relationship between prosperity and poverty. Read More

Report: UKCES labour market projections for Great Britain: 2014 to 2024

Data workbooks from the UKCES Working Futures programme, providing labour market projections for Great Britain from 2014 to 2024. Read More

Report: UKCES labour market projections for the North East of England: 2014 to 2024

Data workbooks from the UKCES Working Futures programme, providing labour market projections for the North East of England from 2014 to 2024. Read More

Report: Higher education: success as a knowledge economy - white paper

A white paper setting out the government's plans to reform the higher education and research system. Read More

A refreshed SEP to reflect changing times

Richard Baker, Head of Strategy and Policy at the North East LEP, gives an update on the refresh of the Strategic Economic Plan Read More

Queen's Speech reveals North East mayor set to take control of bus services

Queen's Speech contains laws to bring buses under public control despite North East firms defeating Quality Contract Scheme Read More

Employment at record high across UK but North East unemployment is still highest in the country

Although almost 1.2million people in the North East are in work, the region still has the highest unemployment rate in the UK Read More

Universities and councils join forces to help communities

Leaders from universities and councils will be working together on a pilot project designed to help areas drive growth, re-design public services and strengthen the relationship between communities and academic institutions. Read More

blogpost: The role of people in the future of work

September is fast approaching and as the curator of the future work theme, I am busy preparing for my first ever FutureFest Read More

blogpost: As a nation we have spectacularly failed to provide clear career routes for non-graduates

In the old days – when we were both young – the route from childhood into work was simple. A Levels followed by university for a small elite and an apprenticeship with a local employer for the rest. Today, the route through university to work is chosen by the majority of young women and 40 per cent of young men. Read More

UKCES' Employer Perspectives Survey 2016 now underway

UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) launches fieldwork for the 2016 Employer Perspectives Survey (EPS16). Read More

Historic devolution deal to bring more powers to the North East signed off by council leaders

A multibillion pound devolution deal has been agreed by the leaders of six North East authorities but not Gateshead Read More

Hundreds of jobs to be created with laboratory complex on Newcastle's Science Central

Newcastle Laboratory, the council's second commercial venture at the site, could create up to 850 jobs Read More

New College Durham set for £5m redevelopment

New College Durham in investing £5m on a major redevelopment of its campus, which will reflect the needs of the local business community. Read More

Newcastle University and Siemens join forces for new £20m smart energy integration centre

Newcastle University and Siemens are joining together with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to fund a new £20m research centre that could unlock the potential of low carbon smart energy in the UK’s energy supply. Read More

ONS Report: Young people's well-being and personal finance: UK, 2013 to 2014

This article uses the latest data from the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS’s) measures of young people’s well-being to explore how young people’s well-being and financial situation have changed. It focuses on their own “subjective” views about their financial situation and looks at how they relate to other factors such as their employment situation and accommodation. It examines recent changes (2009 to 2013) to see how young people’s views of their financial situation are changing since the economic downturn. Read More

Report: NELEP Annual review 2015-16

The past year has seen some changes at the North East LEP. They've welcomed Andrew Hodgson as the new Chair and strengthened their Board with a number of new appointments. They enter 2016-17 with a dynamic and experienced team working, in partnership with the business community, towards their aim of creating 100,000 more and better jobs here in the North East by 2024. Read More

Report: The regional value of tourism in the UK: 2013

ONS: Estimates of the economic value of tourism within UK regions, sub-regions and local areas. Includes supply and demand data relating to tourism and tourism industries Read More

Report: Finding your routes: non-graduate pathways in the UK’s labour market

This report, commissioned by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, explores how poor career routes are holding back the ‘forgotten forty per cent’ of the workforce – mid-skilled workers with at least five A*-C GCSEs but without a university education. Read More

Flexible minimum standard of broadband speed needed to avoid digital twilight zones

The Government must create a more flexible national minimum standard of broadband speed across the country to stop hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from falling into a ‘digital twilight zone', councils say. Read More

How the transport industry is facing the skills shortage challenge

Businesses and education providers are coming together to tackle a long-term skills shortage that threatens to derail the North East transport and logistics sector Read More

Business warned about threat of cyber crime after shock Government report

Two-thirds of large businesses have been hit by cyber criminals despite measures to protect them recommended by Government Read More

New support body set up to champion North's growing tech sector

A new support body backed by some of the best-known names on the region’s tech scene has been set up to champion emerging specialisms and address challenges faced by the industry in the North. Read More

Taemar reveals creation of 200 construction jobs as Lidl doubles Blyth presence

Work has begun to build a new Lidl store in Blyth, which will see the supermarket giant replace double the size of its existing outlet on Cowpen Road. Read More

North East manufacturing output falls to three-year low

Private sector activity declined in the North East for the second consecutive month in April, according to new data. Read More

Centrepiece approval granted in £36m Whitley Bay Seafront Master Plan

North Tyneside Council’s plans to restore Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Dome have been given the final approval, with work set to begin shortly. Read More

Sunderland manufacturing powers Nissan’s electric European pulse

Sunderland is continuing to play a leading role in Nissan’s manufacturing milestones as the 50,000th European-built Nissan LEAF has rolled off the production line. Read More

‘Any devolution deal the best possible outcome for Northumberland’, says Council leader in latest vote

Northumberland County Council has endorsed proposals for North East devolution, following assurances from the government on supporting rural areas. Read More

Hundreds of North East jobs safeguarded as UKAR outsources mortgage servicing

Operations to be transferred to Computershare through seven-year contract covering £30bn of assets Read More

Hundreds of jobs could be created in the North East by offshore wind project

Norwegian firm Statoil is looking for North East suppliers to join its massive offshore wind scheme in the North Sea Read More

ONS Economic Review - May 2016

The key economic stories from National Statistics produced over the latest month, painting a coherent picture of the UK economic performance using recent economic data Read More

Report: Innovation Analytics: A guide to new data and measurement in innovation policy

Nesta has been practising a number ways to improve uses of data and measurement for innovation policy Read More

Report: Universal Challenge – making a success of Universal Credit

This report, from the Resolution Foundation, sets out a three point plan for the new Secretary of State, designed to both ensure that UC will provide the support needed for families moving into and progressing in work in the future and to make implementation as simple as possible. We argue that Stephen Crabb should restate and reclaim the role of UC in supporting more people into work and then boosting earnings, rather than being a source of savings for the Treasury to meet fiscal targets. Read More

Report: Solving the Conundrum: Teaching and learning at British universities

Social Market Foundation asks "What is the conundrum concerning teaching at universities in Britain?" Read More

Report: Working Together: European workers in the UK

This data pack, provided by the Social Market Foundation, describes the role played by European employees in the UK economy. Read More

Government told to abandon 'car crash' apprenticeship levy

Only 1% of companies polled by manufacturers' organisation EEF support the current plans Read More

Stadium Group names Hartlepool plant as European Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

Stadium Group, a supplier of wireless solutions, power supplies and electronics assemblies, has today announced its Hartlepool facility as the primary European Manufacturing Centre of Excellence within its worldwide operations, helping to safeguard 100 jobs. Read More

Applications sought for UK Space Agency-supported incubator programme in Sedgefield

Three places are being made available for entrepreneurs working the growing sector, with £7,500 worth of support up for grabs Read More

North East digital firms named in Big Chip Awards 2016 shortlist

Waymark, Gospelware, Mediaworks, Where the Trade Buys, New World Designs and Leaf.fm are among the region's firms singled out in the awards Read More

New Growth Hub resource for SMEs launched at Sage Gateshead

Initiative, which is targeted at businesses with up to 250 employees, provides a single reference point for advice Read More

North East construction industry ‘most unstable’

The North East's construction industry has dropped to the bottom of national rankings for business stability but other sectors in the region have fared better, according to insolvency trade body R3 Read More

Vantec to recruit for 120 staff as warehouse opens

Vantec Europe has officially opened its new £23m warehouse on the Hillthorn Business Park in Sunderland, which will create 120 jobs Read More

ONS Release - Regional labour market: Headline indicators for the North East

ONS Labour market indicators for the North East, covering employment, unemployment, economic inactivity, worker's hours, jobs and Claimant Count. Read More

Report: CIPD Labour Market Outlook

The quarterly CIPD Labour Market Outlook provides a set of forward-looking labour market indicators, highlighting employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions Read More

More than 250,000 people in the North East face losing jobs to robots in next few years

New data shows that there are 258,000 jobs in the North East which could be axed in the next few years due to them potentially becoming automated Read More

Nifco UK triumphs as Company of the Year at North East Business Awards 2016

The Eaglescliffe car parts manufacturer took the top trophy at a jam packed final at Hardwick Hall Read More

Figures suggest North East is bucking trend of rising profit warnings

Drop came despite the level of warnings being 'remarkably high' across the country Read More

Life Sciences contribute £10.8bn to Northern economy, report reveals

Bid to attract more investment into key sector for the North East economy Read More

Google brings free digital skills training to Newcastle with Digital Garage launch

Google has announced that it is opening a pop-up ‘Digital Garage’ in Newcastle City Library, where it will deliver free digital skills training Read More

Report: Innovation for International Development

Experiences, insights and practical advice from more than 20 leading practitioners in innovation for international development, brought together in one collection from Nesta Read More

EE to create jobs in North Tyneside after bringing customer service roles back to the UK

Mobile phone giant is trying to turn around its reputation for poor customer service by 'onshoring' jobs Read More

Labour Market Analysis - April 2016

The latest labour market analysis from the Learning and Work Institute Read More

Where the Work Is: Jobs Data Dashboard

Burning Glass and IPPR have developed Where the work is to compare entry-level employer demand and the number of learners completing related programmes of study. Read More

ONS Release - UK Labour Market, April 2016

ONS have released the monthly UK Labour Market Statistics for April 2016 Read More

ONS Release - Regional Labour Market, April 2016

ONS have released the monthly Regional Labour Market Statistics for April 2016 Read More

Report: Financial incentives and their potential to drive inclusive growth

This paper by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation considers the use of financial incentives by government Read More

Report: The RF Earnings Outlook Q4 2015

This Resolution Foundation quarterly briefing paper looks beyond the headline data on the forces behind current developments in pay, how the fruits are shared, and the short- and longer-term drivers of earnings growth Read More

Report: Understanding and redefining civil society in the North: Laying the groundwork

This briefing paper considers why and how civil society has changed in the north of England, considers how we can best understand 'civil society' and what it does, and sets out the key principles and objectives of IPPR North's programme of research on 'the Future of Civil Society in the North' Read More

Four North East firms scoop Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Walker Filtration, Sugarfayre, Integrated Display Systems and entrepreneur Kate Welch have all been named as winners Read More

More North East SMEs are exporting goods and services, new report reveals

Lloyds Bank's Business in Britain report reveals growing revenues from overseas sales Read More

Thousands of jobs safeguarded by SABIC upgrade project

Teesside site director John Bruijnooge talks of positive knock-on effects as petrochemical firm seeks to secure future in North East Read More

Three North East companies singled out for championing responsible business

Visualsoft, North Star Housing Group and Lanchester Group have been singled out in the Responsible Business Awards Read More

North East economy will outperform rest of the county if pound falls, leading economist says

Woolfson Prize-winning economist Roger Bootle was speaking at a dinner in Newcastle hosted by accountants Deloitte Read More

Green light given for long-awaited re-development of Vaux site in Sunderland

Proposals for massive office complex bring to an end a planning wrangle dating back to the last century Read More

Tees Valley Combined Authority announces MD appointment

The Tees Valley Combined Authority has appointed former Newcastle City Council man Andrew Lewis as its Managing Director Read More

Cultural organisations from the North East exporting to 61 countries, study shows

Research by the North East Cultural Partnership shows how arts groups are targetting foreign markets Read More

Report: The Future of Jobs. Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This report by the World Economic Forum contains research that explores future jobs and skills Read More

Report: UKCES labour market projections for the UK: 2014 to 2024

Working Futures projections for the UK labour market for the period 2014 to 2024 from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Read More

Report: UKCES labour market projections for England: 2014 to 2024

Working Futures projections for the England labour market for the period 2014 to 2024 from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Read More

Report: Delivering change: Making apprenticeships work in cities

The apprenticeships system can be difficult to navigate. This Centre for Cities report draws out lessons for making the policy a success Read More

Blog: Startups, incumbents and the UK's productivity puzzle

Productivity didn’t feature very prominently in Osborne’s budget speech just two weeks ago, but this doesn’t mean that UK’s productivity challenge has faded away. As the latest data released by the Office for National Statistics shows, UK productivity growth continues to disappoint Read More

Top names in tech industry announced for Thinking Digital conference

Top talent from firms such as Zerolight and Biosignatures will be among those offering their insights at Thinking Digital Read More

North East company named as the most innovative in the country

Kromek tops a league table thanks to its Intellectual Property - and two other North East firms have been singled out too Read More

Go North East launches recruitment drive to fill 250 jobs

Go North East, the region’s largest bus company, has announced it is on a mission to add new faces to its fleet, as it looks to fill up to 250 vacancies Read More

North East beats London with most company startups in engineering

The sector is buoyed by industries like automotive and rail, but the skills gap remains problematic Read More

North East business surveys present contrasting pictures of regional economy

North East Chamber of Commerce survey provides grounds for optimism but Lloyds Bank is less sure Read More

Hundreds of jobs are saved in the North East after sale of Tata business

The sale of the Long Products business saves around 700 jobs at former Tata plants in Skinningrove and Lackenby Read More

How Cobalt in North Tyneside became the biggest business park on the block

Early predictions were that Cobalt would employ 5,000 people - but it's now the largest business park of its kind in the UK Read More

ONS Release - Analysis of the UK labour market - estimates of skills mismatch using measures of over and under education: 2015

This ONS article follows a statistical methodology used by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to compare how far the educational attainment of groups within the UK workforce differs from the average education level for their occupations. In the literature this is referred to as a type of skill mismatch Read More

Report: Creative Economy Employment in the US, Canada and the UK

This Nesta report measures employment in the creative economies of the US, Canada and the UK Read More

Report: Gender Pay Gap

The report, by the cross-party Women and Equalities Committee of MPs, highlights the lack of effective policy in many of the areas that contribute to the gender pay gap Read More

More time with the family and flexible working the future for men in the UK

UKCES's Working Futures report predicts dramatic rise in the number of men working part-time in the next ten years Read More

Report: UK labour market projections: 2014 to 2024

UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Working Futures labour market projections for the period 2014 to 2024 Read More

Report: Strong foundation industries: How improving conditions for core material producers could boost UK manufacturing

The UK's foundation industries – producers of materials such as steel and basic chemicals used by other manufacturers – have suffered in the years since the crisis. This IPPR report asks why, and considers how, with the right policies, these industries could be key to rebalancing our economy and boosting our exports Read More

1.7 million low paid workers not covered by new National Living Wage because they are self-employed

Research by the SMF, warns that 1.73 million workers will continue to be paid below the National Living Wage when it comes into force in April 2016 because it does not cover the self-employed Read More

Report: The New Going Rate: The impact of the National Living Wage on UK employers

From April 2016, the National Living Wage (NLW) will push hourly wages on a course towards £9 by the end of the decade. By introducing the NLW, the Government has set an upward trajectory that it wishes the UK economy to pursue – away from low productivity and low wages and towards a future where productivity, skills and pay are higher. The ambition is immense, as will be the challenge and opportunity for UK employers. Read More

Tees Valley Combined Authority holds first meeting in pursuit of ‘hugely ambitious’ plans

Tees Valley Combined Authority, the new body looking to drive economic growth and job creation in the area, has held its inaugural meeting where transport, inward investment and skills were high on the agenda Read More

Nissan reveals £22m investment plan for Sunderland facility

Nissan has announced it will invest £22m in its Sunderland plant to increase its capacity to manufacture Qashqai cars to meet European demand Read More

‘Sluggish start’ to 2016 for North East manufacturing industry

New research by insolvency trade body R3 has revealed that the North East manufacturing industry has made a sluggish start to 2016 although good news exists for the region’s other industries Read More

Positive outlook for the North East as CBI publishes latest sector surveys

The latest surveys show a mixed bag for retail and manufacturers in the latest CBI surveys, as regional director Sarah Glendinning reveals Read More

Report: Connected Councils: A digital vision of local government in 2025

This Nesta report examines how digital technologies could help councils save money, foster local economic growth and deliver better outcomes for local residents and communities. It sets out a vision of where councils might be in 2025 to better understand what opportunities they face now Read More

Report: Improving progression from low-paid jobs at city-region level

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report presents proposals for a package of employment and skills initiatives that are relevant to the needs of Leeds City Region residents and employers, but could also be applied to other local areas. Read More

Report: The road to full employment: what the journey looks like and how to make progress

‘Full employment’, for so long considered an unreachable relic of a bygone age, is back on the agenda, according to this report by the Resolution Foundation Read More

A Top 30 Skills Chart - Data Visualisation

Which skills are most frequently sought by UK employers? How has that changed in the last four years? Nesta shed light on this questions by using data supplied by Burning Glass. Read More

Report: Tech Nation 2016

Tech Nation 2016 is a report by Nesta and Tech City UK, produced in partnership with GrowthIntel. The most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital tech industries to date, Tech Nation 2016 underlines the economic importance of digital tech businesses, which are growing 32% faster than the rest of the UK economy Read More

Report: Paying the National Living Wage

New research in this data pack, conducted by the Social Market Foundation, analyses the potential impact of the new National Living Wage rate on businesses across the UK Read More

Report: Devolution: the next five years and beyond

Whitehall and local areas must go further with their devolution deals, says the Communities and Local Government Committee in its report 'Devolution: the next five years and beyond' Read More

Report: Transport infrastructure skills strategy: building sustainable skills

This DfT policy paper contains recommendations supporting the sustainable development of skills and the creation of 30,000 apprentices Read More

Report: Cities Outlook 2016

Centre for Cities have released their annual health check of the largest cities and towns, which asks: how do we build a high-wage, low-welfare economy? Read More

Report: Why call centres suck, and what we can do about it

This Nesta report looks at the ways the UK could improve its call centres to increase productivity and create jobs Read More

Report: UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015: UK report

UK results from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' (UKCES) Employer Skills Survey 2015 of 91,000 employers Read More

Report: 2016-2020 Construction Skills Network report for the North East

CITB's Industry Insight's report states 3,160 construction jobs expected in the North East each year between 2016 and 2020, following investment in the private housing and commercial sectors Read More

Report: Apprenticeships in cities

This briefing by Centre for Citiies asks what the data tells us about the take-up and success rates of apprenticeships so far? Read More

Report: Business Insights 2016

In this Nesta publication, we have identified the trends and opportunities that we think will matter for businesses over the coming year Read More

Report: Unemployed and overqualified? Graduates in the UK labour market

This Work Foundation report looks at whether the UK is producing too many graduates for the jobs available that need graduate skills Read More

Report: Paved with gold? Low pay and the National Living Wage in Britain’s cities

This Resolution Foundation briefing focuses on the impact of the National Living Wage in 11 large city regions Read More

Report: UK Powerhouse: Economic Report

This report produced by Irwin Mitchell and economic think-tank Cebr, analyses the causes of the economic disparities that exist within the UK Read More

Report: UK Powerhouse: Outlook for the UK's economy in 2016

UK Powerhouse is an extensive business study produced by Irwin Mitchell and leading economic think-tank Cebr Read More

Report: Creative economy employment in the EU and UK: A comparative analysis

This Nesta paper compares the size and growth of the EU’s creative industries on a consistent basis Read More

UKCES Futures Programme thematic report: collaboration

UKCES report on the theme of collaboration in both the offsite construction and the management and leadership productivity challenges Read More

UKCES Guidance: Industrial partnerships: an overview

Detail on industrial partnerships, the sectors covered and their remit Read More

Report: The Skills Gap: Is it a myth?

This is the fifth briefing paper in the Global Perspectives series, a collaboration between the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). Read More

UKCES: Local Enterprise Summary Reports

A series of reports providing a summary of key findings from UKCES' major LMI products for each Local Enterprise Partnership in England Read More

UKCES: Labour Market Intelligence: Enabling Better Decisions

A short introduction to three labour market intelligence (LMI) products of UKCES Read More

UKCES: The Importance of Labour Market Intelligence

A series of presentations illustrating how Labour Market Intelligence can help training providers make better decisions at a regional level Read More

UKCES launches new local data summaries

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has launched a new set of local data summaries, covering 39 local areas Read More

Report: Universal Credit: estimating the early labour market impacts: updated analysis

This DWP analysis assesses the short-term impact of Universal Credit and informs its further development Read More

ONS Release - More jobs being paid close to the minimum wage

The average (median) weekly pay for full-time employees rose by 1.8% in the latest year, according to the latest figures from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). The data showed a rise from £518 in April 2014 to £528 in April 2015. But how has pay changed over a longer period? Read More

ONS Release - Changes in Travel to Work Areas from 2001 to 2011

This article looks at the changes in the number of Travel to Work Areas (TTWAs) over time, with consideration as to the reasons for this, and focuses on changes to the largest TTWAs as defined following the 2001 and 2011 Census. Read More

Report: Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published their annual report revealing the definitive picture of poverty in the UK Read More

Report: European jobs and skills: A comprehensive review, 2015

The second annual IPPR European Jobs and Skills review examines employment and skills trends across Europe and in the continent's largest economies, considering how policy can better combat unemployment, underemployment and inactivity? Read More

ONS Release - Statistical bulletin: Low Pay

This ONS release presents statistics on the number of employee jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the UK Read More

Information to intelligence: Local labour market assessments

This guidance from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) focusses on how to use and understand local labour market data. Read More

Report: Employment support for a high-wage economy

As part of its desire for a higher-wage and lower-welfare economy, the Government has ambitions to halve the disability employment gap, reach full employment and launch an ‘all-out assault on poverty’. JRF finds that achieving these goals will require significant reforms to the UK’s system of employment support. Read More

Report: Opportunities and outcomes in education and work: Gender effects

An exploration by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), of latest data and evidence on women’s current position in terms of experience in, and outcomes from education, and the world of work in the UK Read More

Research finds women paid less than men in 90% of sectors

New report shows women working in financial and insurance sectors among the worst affected Read More

Technology and skills in the construction industry

This report, published by UKCES looks at the role of technology in the construction industry. Read More

The Go ON UK Digital Exclusion Heatmap

Digital exclusion is a complex issue. There is no single reason why people are digitally excluded. Instead, it is due to a combination of factors. Use the map to find out the likelihood of digital exclusion in your local area Read More

UKCES projections: UK skills levels and international competitiveness

This series presents UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) projections of skills levels in the UK and OECD member states Read More

ONS Release - How many jobs are paid less than the living wage in your area?

This ONS Digital release examines the proportion of employee jobs paid less than the living wage by Local Authoritie area in 2014 Read More

New - Vacancy data now available

Vacancy data by local authority published Read More

ONS Release - Working and workless households, 2015

This ONS bulletin provides statistics on the economic status of households in the UK and the people living in them Read More

ONS Release - What is the Gender Pay Gap?

The government has been consulting on what can be done to close the gender pay gap. ONS Digital have produced information looking at the gap between mend and women working in the UK. Read More

ONS Release - The economic performance of the UK’s motor vehicle manufacturing industry

As new "65" plate registrations are released, ONS take a look at the economic performance of the UK’s motor vehicle manufacturing industry Read More

Report: Skills to build: Creating the houses and jobs our communities need

A comprehensive review of the state of the UK labour market, using evidence and analysis supporting the UKCES Growth Through People report. Read More

Report: Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the energy sector

This report, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), examines skills and performance challenges in the energy sector. Read More

Step into the NHS - Careers Mapper

A range of useful tools resources about Careers in the NHS. Read More

Blog: Measuring unemployment in cities: the switch from JSA to Universal Credit

In this Centre for Cities blog post, Maire Williams looks at how Jobseekers Allowance figures will increasingly underestimate unemployment as Universal Credit is rolled out Read More

Report: Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the retail sector

This report, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), examines skills and performance challenges in the retail sector Read More

Report: High level STEM skills requirements in the UK labour market

This report assesses high level STEM occupations according to labour market need in order to inform the development of work-based skills solutions, including higher apprenticeships. Read More

Report: OECD Employment Outlook 2015

The 2015 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook provides an in-depth review of recent labour market trends and short-term prospects in OECD countries. Read More

Using labour market intelligence in a college context

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills, in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC), has produced a guide for further education college leaders on the use and importance of labour market intelligence (LMI). Read More

Report: Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the advanced manufacturing sector

This report, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), examines skills and performance challenges in the advanced manufacturing sector Read More

Journal Business Supplement - North East Information Technology Report

The Journal's latest business suuplement looks at the region's IT sector Read More

Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the health and social care sector

This report, published by UKCES examines skills and performance challenges in the health and social care sector. Read More

Report: World Employment and Social Outlook: The Changing Nature of Jobs

The World Employment and Social Outlook 2015 finds that, among countries with available data, three quarters of workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts, in informal jobs often without any contract, under own-account arrangements or in unpaid family jobs. Read More

New: Vacancy Data for 2014/15 for NELEP Area

The first in a series of vacancy data reports, we bring you a NELEP area report on vacancy data for 2014/15 Read More

Report: The creative economy and the future of employment

This Nesta paper looks at why the UK needs one million new creative jobs by 2030 and offers five sets of policy recommendations for government to achieve this. Read More

Journal Business Supplement - Apprenticeships: Filling The Skills Gap

The Journal's latest business suuplement looks at apprenticeship success stories across the region Read More

ONS UK Perspectives - An overview of the UK labour market

This ONS article presents the evolution of key labour market measures in the UK from 1980 until 2014. Read More

Report: Growth Through People: evidence and analysis

A comprehensive review of the state of the UK labour market, using evidence and analysis supporting the UKCES Growth Through People report. Read More

Career Videos for Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham and Tees Valley

Information on key sources of information which will help advise you on how to progress in your current career or provide information about a new career. Read More

Report: Cities Outlook 2015

The Centre for Cities' annual health check of the largest cities and towns asks: how has policy impacted on UK city performance over the last 10 years? Read More

Report: Local authority schemes supporting people towards work

This LGA report, featuring case studies on projects in North Tyneside and Gateshead, explores how a sample of councils across the country have provided a safety net for their most vulnerable and hardest to reach residents Read More

Higher education and local growth

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has published a new interactive data toolkit based on local higher education profiles Read More

Report: Engineering UK Report 2015

Engineering UK have produced their report on the state of engineering in the UK Read More

Report: Big Data Analytics: Assessment of Demand for Labour and Skills 2013–2020

The Tech Partnership and SAS UK have issued the third annual report into the big data skills gap in the UK economy. Read More



Insider is delighted to be hosting the Made in the North East Awards Dinner. The evening is a celebration of the manufacturing industry in the North East Read More