The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Newcastle

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Infamous for rowdy nights out and wildly passionate football fans, there’s much more to the toon than you might think. From the Tyne Bridge – the influence behind the celebrated Sydney Harbour Bridge – to the stunning neoclassical architecture that line the city’s streets; a short stroll through Newcastle is enough to make you understand why Stuart Marconie called it England’s ‘best-looking city’.


A Little Bit of History…

  • In 1966 Geordie producer Chas Chandler discovered Jimi Hendrix and brought him back to Newcastle. Residents still recall seeing him busking on the streets.
  • Grey’s street, named after Northumbrian Prime Minister Charles Grey, was voted ‘Britain’s Best Street’ by Radio 4 listeners.
  • Newcastle University awarded Dr Martin Luther King an honorary doctorate in 1967.
  • The world’s very first Gregg’s was opened in Newcastle in 1951, and a star was born.
The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Newcastle

Jobs in Newcastle – where to start?

Sitting on the bank of the river Tyne, this former industrial city is proud of its hard-working ethic. No matter the sector, you’re likely to find a range of opportunities and worth-while businesses to work for. And if you’re wondering where to begin to find work of your own here, why not start by checking out the jobs currently available in the non-profit sector in Newcastle with a search on CharityJob.

Resources for job seekers in Newcastle:

If you’re interested in working in the private sector, here are a few recruitment agencies you can get in touch with.

Need some help with your CV? Take a look at these resources:

The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Newcastle

And what about working for a charity in Newcastle?

There’s no doubt that Newcastle is a popular city for non-profits. With over 5,000 registered charities to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something that aligns with your interest and personal motivations. But you’ll have to be quick if you want to secure a position in the non-profit sector as interest in ‘do good’ jobs is on the rise. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest opportunity, you can set up a job alert for charity jobs in Newcastle.

If you’re interested in volunteering, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in cultural groups, work with youths and even help keep this beautiful city clean. Volunteer Centre Newcastle is a great resource for find the right opportunity, with plenty of real-time listings and testimonials from others who have worked with local volunteer organisations before.

Some bigger charities with bases in Newcastle include:

Some great local charities include:

The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Newcastle

Employment market in Newcastle

The employment market in Newcastle reflects a city on the rise. In May 2018 the employment rate hit 73.6%, seeing the gap close on the national average of 75.6%. With more and more new businesses opening across the city, Geordie’s have a reason to celebrate as the unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 5.2%.

To learn more about employment facts and figures in Newcastle, check out this detailed report on the Office for National Statistics website.


Living in Newcastle

With costs of living roughly 37% less than those in London, it’s not hard to see what it is that makes life in Newcastle such an attractive option.


Ask anyone around town and they’ll tell you that if you’re a young professional, Jesmond is the place to be. With plenty of bars lining Osbourne road and stunning Jesmond Dene to walk through, you won’t be short of weekend activities. Semi-detached properties go for an average of £395,000 here, but in nearby Heaton, you can get one for around £100,000 cheaper. Gosforth is another attractive option slightly further north from the city centre and popular with families, or all the way out on the coast Tynemouth and Whitley Bay have great transport links into town.

Traffic and travel

Newcastle is well connected with regular trains to Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. And the airport has both domestic and international flights. But the city centre itself is compact enough to get around easily on foot. In fact, that’s probably the best way to explore! It’s certainly the only way to meander through the buzzing quayside and get over the millennium bridge.

Trains: Newcastle’s beautiful central station is right in the middle of the city centre and has frequent trains heading both south as well as further north to Scotland. But the main way to get around locally is the metro. It’s cheap, frequent and goes all the way from the airport, down to Sunderland, out to the coast and everywhere in between.

Buses and coaches: Arriva, Go-North East and Stagecoach keep the city well serviced with local buses. Whilst inter-city ones go from the coach station on St James’ Boulevard.

The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Newcastle

What’s happening around town?

Nights out in Newcastle are famously hard to beat (on either cost or enjoyment), but that’s certainly not all it has to offer. A lively arts scene and beautiful nature spots will offer significant temptation away from a night on the trebles.

Outdoors – There’s certainly a lot to explore in the North East. A short train journey will take you to the floral wonderland that is Alnwick garden and castle. By travelling slightly further afield you’ll reach historical spots such as Hadrian’s Wall or the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where the Vikings first landed in the UK. The North East’s rugged coastline is easily accessible from the city centre, and a visit to the Angel of the North is a must. But if you fancy a bit more of a challenge, each September Newcastle hosts the Great North Run. In the winter, make the short trip to Durham to check out the lights show, and be sure to make time for a visit to the cathedral whilst you’re there.

Sports – Football is taken seriously here. St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United, looms over the city and its central location means that on weekends you’ll regularly see the city awash with black and white stripes. The Newcastle Falcons have a large following in rugby union, and the rugby league world cup is due to have the 2021 opening ceremony in Newcastle.

Theatre and music – In 2011 the Turner Prize left London for Newcastle for the first time. But organisers needn’t have worried over the decision, as 150,000 people turned out to the event, almost double the usual 80,000. The hunger for arts and culture is easily satisfied in the area, between the Baltic Centre for contemporary art, the Sage for music, and the Lit and Phil Library which opened in 1825, it’s safe to say that all tastes are catered for.

Shopping – Shoppers are well covered with a busy high street and bustling Eldon Square to take care of their needs. But if that doesn’t do it, the Metro Centre, the UK’s second largest indoor shopping centre, certainly will.  And anyone around town will tell you it’s not really Christmas until you’ve seen the Fenwicks department store window display…

If Newcastle sounds like the place for you, then take a look what’s available now on CharityJob.

Georgina D'Souza

Digital Marketing Executive at CharityJob. Lover of cat-related memes.

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