Living and Working in Scotland
There are many reasons why living in Scotland is wonderful. As well as excellent work opportunities, you will find friendly cities, beautiful scenery, good travel links and a great quality of life. That’s why, for centuries, people from all over the world have been choosing to live and work in Scotland.
Working in Scotland
There are many benefits to living and working in Scotland. From the vibrant and cosmopolitan social life of the cities to the peace and quiet of some of the world’s most stunning scenery, Scotland offers a lifestyle to suit everyone.The country has a strong economy and a reputation for allowing new industry sectors to emerge and thrive. As a result, job opportunities in Scotland are diverse.
Scotland is a centre of excellence for electronic technologies. It is the fourth largest financial services centre in Europe. It is home to one of Europe’s most vibrant energy industries, and there is a highly successful life sciences sector, with a wide range of expertise including drug discovery, bio-manufacturing and stem cell sciences. In addition, Scotland continues to break new ground in areas such as computer gaming, literature, fashion, textiles, music and animation.
Excellent employment opportunities and an enviable way of life make living in Scotland a unique experience.
Why work in Scotland?
- The highest employment rate of the UK’s four countries
- Highly regulated good working practices and conditions that safeguard employees
- High staff retention rates
- Accessible on-going education for all ages and languages
- Wide spectrum of industry opportunities, and at many different levels
Living in Scotland
Many people have been drawn to Scotland by the career opportunities but also by the appeal of enhancing their quality of life. House prices can be cheaper, the commuting is easier and the countryside offers a wide range of activities from skiing and white-water rafting, to mountain biking and walking in some of the most spectacular scenery you will find anywhere in the world.
From the remote countryside of the Highlands to the vibrant, cosmopolitan streets of Glasgow, Scotland's cities and regions are fantastic places to live and work.
If you like to live in the countryside, there are many towns and villages that are within an hour’s commute of many of Scotland's business centers. But if you like to live in one of Scotland's major cities, we have great public transport links, such as train lines and bus routes, reducing your need to use a car.
Another great thing about Scotland is the extra daylight in summer. It can remain quite light up to 11pm – leaving plenty of time to get out and about after work. You could be walking in the hills or taking a late-night stroll on one of Scotland's many beaches - some of which are within 40 minutes of Glasgow and Edinburgh – and, in Aberdeen, the sea is on your very doorstep.
It’s easy to commute and travel in Scotland. Many people who come here say it soon becomes a major reason for wanting to stay. The ease of travel has literally changed their lives due to less stress, shorter working days and more free time in which to pursue other interests and activities.