Aberdeen is one of the most prosperous cities in Scotland and a cornerstone of the Scottish economy. Internationally recognised as a business centre with a number of globally competitive industries, Aberdeen has excellent academic and research capacities and is home to a growing, highly skilled workforce. Plus, unemployment levels in the city are consistently below the UK average, making Aberdeen a great place for people looking for work.
Job market in Aberdeen
The city’s economy was traditionally based on fishing, textiles and shipbuilding but these industries are no longer as prominent as they once were. Over the years, Aberdeen’s economy has modernised and traditional industries have given way to the high-technology sector, energy, agriculture, property and the oil industry, all of which have been significant contributors in the city’s economic boom.
Energy is the key driver of the local economy, employing roughly 10 percent of workers in the city. Aberdeen is recognised as one of the leading cities in Europe in oil and gas, a sector which attracts a large number of skilled expats to Aberdeen each year.
The property industry has also benefitted from the growth and development of Aberdeen’s economy. As the city grows, there is a sustained demand for both commercial and industrial property. This has made Aberdeen a popular destination for property developers and investors.
Finding a job in Aberdeen
Most expats who relocate to Aberdeen do so with a firm employment offer in place. It is a great city for expats with relevant skills and qualifications to build a career for themselves. Expats who move to Aberdeen often find themselves staying far beyond the end of their initial contract as there are plenty of opportunities for career progression in the city.
Those without a job offer can search for opportunities online or in local newspapers, though the best approach is often networking.
Finally, it is important to note that non-EU expats moving to Aberdeen to take up employment must hold a work permit to legally work in Scotland. For expats from outside the EU, the employer will be required to prove why they were unable to hire a candidate from within the EU for the position.
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