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Life on the Yorkshire Coast

You’ll find that your salary stretches further on the Yorkshire Coast, offering teachers a standard of living not available in many other parts of the country.

As well as the main towns of Scarborough and Whitby, the area is dotted with many smaller settlements and villages, offering an affordable lifestyle in a great environment. House prices in the main coastal towns are around £60,000 below the UK average, whilst average rents (in Scarborough) are almost half the UK average.

If the outdoors is your thing, you have an entire coast line to explore - as well as being in the edge of a national park - The North York Moors - with all that it offers to outdoor enthusiasts. Dalby Forest offers one of England’s best mountain biking venues.

For live music and the arts, you’ll find two theatres in Scarborough, as well as outdoor live music events which in recent years attracted a wide range of artists, from the Kaiser Chiefs to the Beach Boys.

When it comes to nights out, you can choose from the busy atmosphere of the bars and pubs of Scarborough and Whitby, or the numerous country inns and restaurants in rural villages. As a popular tourist destination, our area boasts a selection of boutique hotel and award winning restaurants for those special nights out.

Opportunities for partners and families: a growing local economy

If you are relocating with a partner and family, they’ll find a strengthening local economy with positive career opportunities from the significant job growth expected in coming years.

Expansion is expected particularly in the engineering, construction, IT and health and social care sectors. The Woodsmith Mine is a giant fertilizer development project owned by global resources firm Anglo American, the £2.3 billion project involving mining Minerals (developing multi-nutrient fertiliser) is expected to bring 1,000 direct jobs and a further 2,000 in the supply chain. The tourism, health and housing sectors are all also experiencing investment.



Key companies, organisations and employers

There are several large manufacturing companies operating in the North East, as well as many smaller firms. The public sector is also well established here, with North Yorkshire County Council being one of the largest employers in the area. Tourism is also a key sector in the area, with people visiting from all over the world to experience both the east coast and moors areas.

Some of the key employers in the area are:


Watch the following video produced by ‘Discover Yorkshire Coast’  which not give you a sneak peak of our amazing coastline but the leisure, employment and how moving your education career to the coast opens all sorts of opportunities to you and your family.  


Access and transport on the North Yorkshire Coast

Here on the North Yorkshire Coast, we are connected to all major services with access to reliable and modern transport options to suit you.

There are good road networks to link you to Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and their neighbouring areas. Using main roads like the A171, A64, A165 and A170 can get you to many places in the area quickly. See this Google map for the major roads in the area.

The North Yorkshire County Council website lists bus timetables in the area. Many of the bus companies now offer interactive apps to track your bus, with access to free wi-fi and thoughtful timetables to work around your busy day.

The links to the Coast are well maintained and on an average weekday, there are 18 trains per day travelling from York to Scarborough. For more information visit the or the train providers' websites.

Wheels to Work is a not for profit initiative that has been set up in the North Yorkshire and surrounding area as a way in which to support a person who has identified and wishes to address a transport need to get them into employment, education or training. The scheme could give you access to rent either a moped, scooter or in some areas an e-bike. For further information and eligibility see:

Hambleton Community Action
Ryedale Community Transport

On the North Yorkshire Coast there are dedicated cycle lanes and paths. A map of the national cycle network is available on the sustrans website.

In North Yorkshire you could have access to cycle to work schemes, where you may receive support to buy a bike and safety equipment. See the sustrans website for more information.

The sustrans website also contains more information on commuting safely to and from work