Northumberland, England's most northerly county, is a region rich in history and heritage, combining breathtaking coastlines, captivating countryside and market towns.
Settlements such as a Berwick, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick grew up in the heartland of the mining community, but now that the collieries have closed many communities have undergone incredible regeneration with tourism a key part of the area's economy.
Staff seeking employment in Northumberland are also likely to find that recruitment agencies want candidates for the new technology and energy efficiency sectors, as the modern business world competes with the area's more traditional strengths.
Northumberland has weathered the economic crisis well, with 158 new businesses starting up in 2012 and only 2.3% of the working population unemployed - well below the national average. Northumberland County Council is the biggest employer in the region, with a broad range of positions and a series of varied skills in demand.
Around 312,000 people live in the county, with just 9,900 registered as unemployed. The average weekly full time wage in Northumberland is £425 in comparison to £452 in the North East region and £507 in England. Northumberland has an ageing population, with 20% of residents aged 65 or more, this is projected to increase to 28% by 2025.