Employment and Education

If you are considering re-locating to North Yorkshire from elsewhere, this page provides an overview of the County’s employment and education opportunities for you and your family.


North Yorkshire’s economy is thriving with record high employment, huge growth opportunities in industries of the region, and expansion in training and education to provide growth and development of a skilled workforce.

Employment in North Yorkshire has been steadily increasing in recent years, and the whole of Yorkshire has seen a substantial recovery compared with various regions in England. With a variety of sectors and a healthy economy, North Yorkshire holds a diverse range of opportunities for business and employees alike.

The wider scope of Yorkshire generates greater levels of income from tourism than countries like Ireland and Denmark. Beyond tourism, Yorkshire generates 7% of the UK’s general economic output (with a value of £88 billion), covering industries such as; finance, legal, medical, digital, retail, food, agriculture, nuclear, and a strong manufacturing background. Between 2010 and 2013, the number of people employed increased by over 76,000 (more than France in the same period), and there is continued growth.

Within North Yorkshire there are employment drives across industries with exciting projects like the Potash mine on the North Yorkshire Moors which is expected to contribute £1 billion to the UK’s annual GDP. In additon it will provide various opportunities for a vast number of people and stability for the young people entering work.

The largest employer in North Yorkshire is North Yorkshire County Council, employing more than 20,000 people across a variety of sectors including schools.  The County Council offers professional careers for Engineers, Accountants, Social Workers, Solicitors and Teachers in additon to skilled roles such as ICT Technicians, Drivers, Administrators and Public Rights of Way Officers.  The Authority has a dedicated careers page with the opportunity to seach for job vacancies which also includes Apprenticeships and Work Experience.

Seeing the highest increase in employment on records since 1971, this is an opportune time to be looking for work in North Yorkshire.


For those re-locating to the area with families you’ll be reassured to know that North Yorkshire has a variety of fantastic education facilities for all ages. We have some of the oldest schools in the country, and also new developments in modern education.

There is a wide range of primary schools across the County, both large and small, this includes faith schools, community and voluntary controlled. The County has a number of academies, grammar schools and secondary’s with many of the secondary’s hosting sixth forms.  Further Education Colleges are based in Scarborough, Selby and Harrogate and for those living in the North of the County it is possible to travel to Darlington, Middlesbrough and York who both have modern College facilities. 

If you are moving to the area with your family and have older children to support through Higher Education, there are lots of exciting new developments which will benefit young people in the region and further enhance the growing economy. A new campus of Coventry University is set to open in Scarborough in Autumn 2016. The Campus will offer a range of courses such as Law and Policing, Accounting and Finance, and Science and Engineering. as well as the new Scarborough UTC (University Technical College). The Coventry University campus, Scarborough UTC, and an extensive sports village will be a huge opportunity for local businesses and the overall economy in the area.

Still within, or close to North Yorkshire are the universities of York, York St John, Teesside, Leeds, and Leeds Beckett.