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Why work for us

We employ over 550 staff and are passionate about providing opportunities for people to develop. We believe everyone has potential, and through our award-winning Move Ahead and Runway Programmes, we support people to achieve extraordinary things. We have achieved Investors In People, Better Health at Work and Equality North East Gold accreditations. We’ve also been recognised as an Apprentice Top 100 Employer in the UK.

Our staff have a diverse range of skills and expertise which continues to make a real difference for our tenants, our stakeholders and to the wider communities where we operate.

Our trade subsidiaries, Kingston Property Services and Living Spaces provide estate agency, property and estate services to a further 16,000 homeowners.

We believe Bernicia is an exciting company to work for and that work should be paid forward to our community, where they can realise their own ambitions. Joining Bernicia means joining an environment where everyone is passionate about delivering excellent customer service.

Do you want to help transform our region?

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Employment advice

The prospect of looking for employment can be incredibly daunting for anyone, and it’s especially hard if you’ve never had a job before. How do you find out what employers expect from you as a candidate? How do you write a CV? And how should you get ready for a job interview?

This guide is packed full of advice and contains useful information to help you in your search for work or training.

It includes information on:

  • How to apply for a job
  • Covering letters
  • Speculative letters
  • Application forms
  • Interview Preparation
  • Interview Questions
  • After the interview
  • Job search

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Armed Forces Friendly

We’re proud to support members of the armed forces seeking a career outside the military.

We value the incredible qualities and the unique training and experience military veterans can bring to our business including team working, strong leadership, meticulous attention to detail and a strong work ethic, and dependability with a commitment to see a job well done.

 We employ a diverse and talented workforce and welcome applications from ex-military and reservists who are seeking a career outside the military and want to make a positive contribution to our customers and the communities we support.

” Bernicia is a good place to be if you’re leaving the armed forces looking for a new challenge.
“The structure,  discipline  and ethos of the military helps me and gives me the confidence with people to be able to do my job.
“It’s  great that Bernicia is signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.” Nick Riordan, Bernicia Apprentice Joiner
Read Nick’s story here



Developing our talent

Everyone has potential and if that potential is unleashed they can achieve extraordinary things.

Our Talent Management Strategy will help us to have the right people with the right skills, giving our staff the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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North of Tyne Working Homes

We’re part of the North of Tyne Working Homes project which is a partnership of housing providers, local authorities and employment support organisations working across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland to get people into work and provide access to training and development opportunities.

Our North of Tyne Working Homes team offers a wide range of personalised support including:

  • Identifying the right job
  • Designing or improving CVs
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Completing job applications
  • Finding training
  • Looking for apprenticeships
  • Finding volunteering opportunities.

For more information email

North of Tyne Working Homes is receiving up to £4.3m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate BODY Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund Programme.

Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

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We offer a wide variety of goods, services and works to allow our organisation to build, rent, sell and manage homes, provide estate facilities management and specialist support services to over 60,000 customers.

This section details information about our procurement process and what you need to do if you want to work with us.


Our procurement principles

The key principles of Bernicia’s procurement within our procurement strategy are:

  • Achieve value for money and be supported by the group value for money strategy.
  • Be transparent, open and give equal opportunities to participate and encourage competition from local suppliers.
  • Meet our legal requirements and be compliant with internal procedures.
  • Be in proportion to the contract value, reducing any administrative and monitoring resources.
  • Maximise purchasing power.
  • Create an important balance of quality and cost while eliminating any risk.

The procurement of goods, services and works for Bernicia is regulated by the EU Procurement Directive 2014, Procurement Contract Regulations 2015 and the Groups Financial Regulations and Contract Procedure Rules.


Supplying to Bernicia

Bernicia wants to work with suppliers, contractors and consultants who will make sure we get value for money by procuring high-quality goods, services and works. In procurement, we work to make sure we have appropriate measures in place to trade with the most reputable and industry-compliant suppliers, contractors and consultants.
Bernicia’s contracts are awarded through a competitive process, either quotation or tenders, dependent on the value.

Bernicia’s current procurement thresholds are:

  • Expenditure between £10,000 and £25,000 (excluding VAT) requires a minimum of two written quotations.
  • Expenditure between £25,000 and £100,000 (excluding VAT) requires a minimum of three written quotations.
  • Expenditure above £100,000 (excluding VAT) but less than relevant OJEU threshold for goods, services and works requires formal tenders.
  • Expenditure equal to or exceeding the OJEU thresholds for goods, services and works requires formal tenders in accordance with OJEU procedures, with a call for competition advertised in the OJEU Journal.



For information on Bernicia’s latest tender opportunities, please visit our Procurement Portal –

This Portal is shared with other registered providers, which increases your access to opportunities by one single registration to the Portal (select all organisations when you register).

The Portal will give you access to all opportunities within Bernicia. All of our quotations and tenders are issued through this Portal.

As a registered supplier on the Portal, you’ll be able to:

  • Maintain your own company profile, indicating the opportunities you’re interested in.
  • View current and future tendering opportunities.
  • Get email notifications whenever opportunities matching your profile become available.
  • Register an expression of interest in a published opportunity and request contract documentation to be sent.
  • Submit quotations and tenders electronically.

If you’d like the opportunity to quote or tender for Bernicia, you should register for free within the supplier area of If you’re already registered, please log into the Housing Portal and update your company profile to include notifications from Bernicia.
Opportunities that are advertised through the Housing Procurement Portal will also be advertised in conjunction with Contracts Finder. Notices for opportunities above the appropriate EU thresholds will also be advertised in OJEU.


Tender and selection process

Our tender process makes sure all suppliers are treated consistently and fairly and we compete with the highest degrees of transparency, honesty and integrity.
Tenders are evaluated against a predetermined set of criteria.

Within our selection process, we make sure suppliers, contractors and consultants have the financial, commercial and technical capability to meet our requirements.
We ensure corporate responsibility and recognise social value. We make sure there’s a commitment to equal opportunities, environmental and health and safety. All companies are required to comply with standards including Bribery Act 2010, General Data Protection Regulations 2018 and Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We encourage all contractors and consultants to be members of Constructionline and have a safety scheme in procurement in place. You can register with Constructionline at

For Contractors, Bernicia supports the use of the PAS91 questionnaire (a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire). This lets contractors submit all your pre-qualification data at once for all procurements across common commodities. This saves time and reduces costs.
If you’re a small business, we make sure the procurement process is competitive and transparent, so you’re not disadvantaged and precluded from tendering exercises.


Approved list

Bernicia maintains an approved list of contractors and consultants for works and services. The approved list is contractors and consultants who are vetted to Bernicia’s standards and technical capability, including financial, health and safety and insurance assessments.

The approved list gives reassurances to Bernicia that a minimum standard has been met and saves contractors and consultants from having to reapply for contracts that meet the standard. Bernicia uses Constructionline to support and maintain their approved list.

Being on our approved list does not guarantee any work, and companies can also be removed from the list if performance or probity become an issue or concern. The list is reviewed on an annual basis, and companies can be added or deleted as appropriate.


Terms and conditions

Bernicia has a suite of contracts which cover supplies, service and minor works. These standard terms and conditions are to be incorporated into any contract for the purchase of services and/or goods by Bernicia. We also use the JCT suite of contracts for works and maintenance contracts.



If you have any questions on the procurement activity of Bernicia, please contact

Community Investment Fund

Do you have an idea for a community project that will enhance the lives of our residents and their communities? If so, we’d like to hear about it.

For more information, please contact the Customer Engagement Team on 0344 800 3800 or email

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