Working and living in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. 

Our natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities, and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving, and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

We feature significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators.

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness).

Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh is just two hours away by train. 

As a whole, North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

Relocation support

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package.

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • Removal expenses

  • Storage costs

  • Legal and estate agent fees

  • Lodging and Travelling expenses

If you can help us make a difference in young people - we want to hear from you on

For more information about working for us in our Children’s and Families Service visit
Children & Families Service - career opportunities

For international candidates, registration with Social Work England is essential. Further information can be found on the SWE website.

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