Academically, Scotland is one of the most highly educated populations in Europe. The NHS is the biggest employer in the country. They provide opportunities to more than 163,000 people in more than 70 different professions. Furthermore, the whiskey sector is developing rapidly, with the number of jobs hitting over 10,000 in 2018. On top of this, there are more than 10,000 technology and engineering companies, which means that there are many endless opportunities throughout the country for people in this sector. In addition, the Oil and Gas Industry produces 96% of the UK’s crude oil, meaning they continue to train and employ new talent regularly.
As a country with a booming festival and colourful music scene, careers in the creative sector are readily available for dancers, graphic designers, architects and concert stage designing. In addition, niche jobs like game developers are in demand due to Rockstar North Games’ headquarters being located in Edinburgh. Yet, there are no job shortages in Scotland no matter the career; skilled and unskilled labour jobs always need proficient new team members to join.
The public sector provides many jobs and greatly supports Scotland’s economy, with the NHS employing the most people. Second is the Local Government, which employs approximately a quarter-million people, including those in the Armed Forces and Civil Services. Similarly, Scotland’s booming job market has seen an increase in salaries nationwide. As previously mentioned, technology is a large part of Scotland’s job industry and will continue to be increasingly important. Scotland’s tourism and entertainment industry continues to thrive and is also a source of many hospitality and travel industries.
What is it like living in Scotland?
The ancient nation of Scotland offers some of the worlds greatest countryside, with tourists flocking in to catch a glimpse of the fabled Loch Ness Monster in the Scottish Highlands. According to a YouGov survey, Scots believe their fellow countrymen and picturesque scenery are the best things about this historical nation, with the third being quality of life. In addition, household costs are 10% cheaper than the UK as a whole, leaving Scots with extra money in their pockets. With property prices in Scotland costing £200,000 compared to the UK average of £274,000, it’s obvious why people are always searching for the many employment opportunities available in Scotland.
Kris Paterson is a writer for WhatJobs