Darlington is a town in North East England with a population of 105,600. It became famous for its lead role in the birth of the railways and is still an important destination today on the East Coast Main Line.
Many of Darlington's workers are employed in areas such as the service sector, manufacturing, engineering and construction. However recruitment agencies also look for staff who work in digital and media, subsea, telehealth and telecare, which are emerging industries in the town.
Orange is the largest private sector employer in the town and Lingfield Point, a 107-acre business park, is home to companies including the Student Loans Company, Four Seasons Health Care and Capita. Another major employment provider is Teeside University which opened a campus in Darlington's Central Park regeneration area in 2011.
Although, like much of the UK, Darlington's workforce has bit hit by the recession, there are big plans for the town's recovery and growth. Darlington Partnership and Darlington Borough Council have produced the Darlington Economic Strategy, which outlines their regeneration plans to boost the local economy for the period covering 2012-2026. This includes building on the town's strengths in service centres, outsourcing and digital media and improving its business infrastructure.
Average salaries for workers with a bachelor's degree range from £15,818 to £29,000. At the beginning of 2013 unemployment was 6.6%.