Why Suffolk?

Why you should consider relocating for work.

Only an hour outside of London, Suffolk is increasingly attracting talented people choosing to live and work in a county that can offer lively and thriving urban and market towns alongside rural and coastal villages. The council has main offices in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft, as well as smaller offices and other work locations across the county.

Being a resident in Suffolk is a lifestyle that offers choices and a great place to live, lower than average cost for housing, good schools, plenty of opportunities for both cultural and outdoor activities, and strong, safe communities. 

Suffolk in Numbers

  • Population: 760,688.
  • 50 miles of coastline.
  • 40% of the population live in rural areas.
  • Suffolk is home to around 18,000 people of mixed ethnic backgrounds, 18,000 Asian/Asian British people and over 10,000 Black/African/Caribbean/Black British people.
  • Nearly 50% of the population are Christian and over 20,000 people practice a religion other than Christianity.

All statistics are taken from the Suffolk Observatory 2021 census report.

Discover Suffolk

Discover Suffolk is a guide created by Suffolk County Council to help people enjoy outdoor activities in Suffolk, England. It promotes walking, cycling, and horse riding in the area.

The guide includes information on trails and accessible routes for walking, cycling, and riding around Suffolk. Whether you like taking short walks along the waterfront, going on long hikes, biking with your family on weekends, cycling vacations, or exploring new places with your dog, there are options for everyone.

Suffolk offers beautiful outdoor spaces to discover, including coastline, countryside, heathland, quiet villages, ancient forests, parks, historic estates, and nature reserves. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors.

The guide aims to help both residents and visitors make the most out of Suffolk's landscapes through various walking, cycling, and horse riding activities suitable for all interests and ability levels.

Visit Suffolk

Visit Suffolk is a website designed to help you find all of the hidden treasures in our county. Whether you are looking for a quiet ‘get away from it all’ or something full of adrenaline and adventure, Visit Suffolk has you covered.

In Suffolk you will discover quaint villages and medieval towns that, for centuries, have drawn in artists and writers. In addition to this, you will be spoilt with plenty of fresh, local food in restaurants, cafes and pubs, you’ll soon discover why it’s called the foodie county!

The fabulous attractions and great days out in Suffolk mean you can do as much or as little as you want, but most of all it is about having a good time.

A beach and pier in Suffolk

Sponsorship for International Candidates

Suffolk County Council holds a UK Visas and Immigration sponsorship licence and offers sponsorship for candidates who are successful for eligible roles under the points-based immigration system.

Relocation Scheme

For some roles, we will offer a relocation package of up to £8,000. 

To qualify for relocation assistance, you must be moving to a new location because of accepting an offer of employment with us and the relocation should be taken up before the end of the tax year (5 April) after the one in which you take up your new position.

The amount is an allowance, not a lump sum and can be used to claim for things like estate agent fees, legal fees, stamp duty, moving costs, rental costs and some other relocation related costs.