A list of hundreds of companies with vacancies in the Yorkshire, Tyneside, Teesside / Tees Valley, Northumberland and Leeds areas.
The list is split into two tables, the first contains charities, education and public sector organisations. The second table lists private sector companies.
The area covered is roughly a 65-mile radius centred on Teesside, extending north into the Tyne and Wear area and as far south as Leeds - about an hour and a half travelling time, in other words.
Where given, company sizes are measured by the number of people they employ. This figure usually includes all employees of the company, or parent company - not just those employed in the North East.
The data is based on the Top 200: 2015 list published by the Chronicle. I have added approx 650 organisations to the list from my own knowledge or research. Many of these organisations are bigger employers than most on the original list - the Top 200 is not focused on recruitment and only includes private sector companies that have a registered head office in the North East.
A few companies are listed but carry no links - these are organisations that I estimate should have a significant recruitment effort (based on turnover and number of employees), but I can find no website or recruitment link on their website.
The linked websites are checked regularly for phishing, viruses and malware and any infected links are removed when found. Companies who only offer low-quality jobs such as unpaid internships, commission-only sales or work-at-home piecework will not be included. Minimum company size is generally 50+ employees and £1M+ turnover, however exceptions are made where future expansion seems likely or the company works in an area where jobs are scarce in the North East.
The list is not exhaustive. Suggestions for new additions or corrections are welcome.
The chart above shows that house prices for first-time buyers have massively inflated between 1969 and 2012. Not only have prices increased, but they have become more unaffordable. In 1969 the average home cost just over £4,000, against an average buyers' wage of £1,600 (price: 2.5 times income). By 2012, the price had increased to almost £182,000 against a buyers' wage of just under £45,000 (price: 4 times income). The following graph shows the same data between 1978-2012, adjusted for inflation using 2012 as the basis.
Is it just me, or does the quality of writing in Reddit comments tend to be a bit dull?
These days it's not as bad as it was, but go back a few years – roughly 2008 - and it was oddly flat, almost like it was written by machine, or people were running their comments through a special boring filter.
I figured out how to make such a filter, once. It's a combination of an automated or semi-automated thesaurus and a table of word frequencies – just change all words to their most often-used versions, dropping the writing down the Fleisher-Kincaid levels.
It would be a good disguise if you didn't want to be identified by your writing style and choice of words (especially if a tool to analyse and match the surrounding comments' style was added to the filter) but it's very dull to read. Such a filter is probably also useful for taking out any accidental subtext – but it has the possible side-effect of sensitising regular readers to subtext when they see it again.
For a while I spent so much time reading that flat style of writing that it got stuck in my brain and even I started thinking and writing the same way. It wasn't a very nice experience.
How an entire website of supposedly different and unconnected people all came to write in the same style, I can only guess.
As I mentioned earlier, it's better now than it was, but it's still a bit odd. From time to time, I dip into Reddit and try to stir things up a bit in whatever way I can.
One such attempt was the brief novelty account, Translated-to-Sci-Fi (note: may not be suitable for children or viewing at work).* My method for this account was to get very drunk, and then pick whatever caught my eye on the front pages and weave some sort of fragment of fiction from it in the genre of Sci-Fi. It was quite fun, I might do it again some time.
The most obvious feature of this dataset is that voting turnout amongst the 18-34 group has been in decline since 1983, though it did start to pick up again for the 25-34 year olds in 2005 and for the 18-24 year olds in 2010. Turnout amongst the older age groups has remained consistently higher since 1997, and the difference is particularly noticeable in the 2001 and 2005 general elections.
There were over 28,000 different boys' names and over 36,000 different girls' names spread over 729,674 births. The top 10 names account for 13% of all names. The names are listed in order of popularity (most popular to least popular).
Harry Oliver Jack Charlie Jacob Thomas Alfie Riley William
HICP / CPI Inflation figures for 27 EU countries 2005-2012
The graph below shows cumulative inflation levels for each of the EU countries available from the Office for National Statistics. The inflation index used is the HICP - the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (CPI in the UK).
The group of countries experiencing higher inflation over this period mainly consists of EU countries that have not joined the single currency - Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania. The exception in this group is the newest addition to the Eurozone, Estonia, which adopted the Euro in 2011.
The following graph shows the same data with an adjusted scale on the Y-axis to show the lower-inflation group of countries in greater detail.
I usually enjoy writing. Or I used to, anyway. A long time ago, I wanted to be a writer of some sort, perhaps a journalist. In retrospect, the old version of me would have been very ill-suited to it some ways – possibly I still am.
I've noticed something interesting about writing. It's something that hadn't really occurred to me until a few years ago. Unless a writer only ever creates rather dry articles such as the previous one, then they will, slowly but surely, reveal what sort of person they are, how they think, what they feel, what their strengths and weaknesses are.
As you might gather from some of my other work here, privacy is something I value highly, though that is probably true of almost everyone.
There's the sticking point. There might be some things I value more than my own privacy (though it's never an easy trade), but what right do I have to take it from others?* People's characters and views are probably mostly formed by their experiences, and their experiences are mostly created by the people around them – the people they spend, or have spent, most time with.
Exciting Times: Up to half of council's employees to be sacked due to budget savings - consultation to be opened.
The Northern Echo and Evening Gazette report that Middlesbrough must save an additional £11M on top of previous cost-saving estimates, which may result in the loss of up to 1,500 employees - over half the number of people currently working at the council (2,500).
In a subsequent article, the Northern Echo reports that 600 jobs have already been lost since 2010.
The lengths I go to protect my - and other people's - privacy
In the light of the Guardian's Prism coverage, I've been making some changes.
I've long suspected that the level of surveillance was something like that, but it's one thing to suspect, and another to see the evidence.
Combined with general hacking, PI snooping and press intrusions into privacy, I sometimes feel we might as well all walk around naked. Look, should I just save everyone some time and hand over my entire life history to some random journalist or government official? Maybe you'd like some measurements and naked pics while I'm at it?
Windows XP will automatically open or run the contents of CDs and USB sticks when loaded or inserted. Here's an easy way to prevent it.
To disable autorun [current user, all devices]: click here
To disable autorun [current user, removable devices]: click here
To disable autorun [all users, all devices]: click here
To disable autorun [all users, removable devices]: click here
The links above will download Windows .reg files which if allowed to execute will modify your Windows registry settings. Please note that these files have only been tested on Windows XP Home Edition, but they should work okay for Win XP Pro. Obviously, you proceed at your own risk etc. but quite a few people have already used these links (as provided in my earlier guide to Windows XP security and so far no-one's emailed or commented to accuse me of blowing up their computer. You should check the contents of the files with a text editor such as notepad to ensure they don't contain anything malicious, but if you've found this page by searching for information about disabling Windows' autorun feature, then I doubt I need to tell you that. If you're looking for information on how to disable autorun in other versions of Windows (or information on additional settings for these registry keys), then this Microsoft article should prove useful.
The .reg files I've provided above will add or modifiy the following registry keys:
It reminded me of something that's been bothering me for some time. What a strange, backward step it is to have to write 'apps' (programs) for different devices just to use a website.
Yet the arrival of mobile internet has somehow caused the rise of the 'app'. Instead of concentrating on making webpages that function correctly on all devices, suddenly we have programmers writing native code for lots of different devices. You could argue that at least it's creating jobs for programmers. True, but I'd argue it's time and resources that could be better spent elsewhere.
The argument in favour of mobile apps goes, as far as I can tell, that the processors in mobile phones are still quite weak compared to proper computers, and therefore it helps to use native code to speed things up. That might be understandable when it comes to things that need a lot of computing power, like iplayer, but it really doesn't explain why every other website has to have a mobile app just to render some text and pictures.
From a security point of view, the last thing you should want to do is install programs willy-nilly, yet websites are increasingly pushing mobile users towards the idea that this is a normal state of affairs.
If your website is too slow on a mobile device, I can't help suspecting that the underlying HTML/CSS and code that powers your website has become far more complex than is actually required - or someone's mobile's web browser isn't very good.