• Background Scotland

  • Overview


    £102 billion is the yearly value of Scotland’s economy

    People in Scotland earn £419 per week on average

    There are 2.5 million people working in Scotland!

    87% of Scottish students are in further education, employment or training within 3 months of leaving school

    Scotland’s 5 biggest export industries: are Food & Drink, Chemicals, Business Services, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

    In Scotland…

    So there’s a lot going on in Scotland, but what else makes it the perfect place to kick-start your career…
    The percentage of the Scottish workforce in each industry is:

    2.1% – Agriculture, forestry and fishing
    1.1% – Mining and quarrying
    6.8% – Manufacturing
    0.8% – Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning
    0.6% – Water supply; sewerage, waste management
    6.6% – Construction
    14.9%- Wholesale and retail trade; repair of vehicles
    4.3% – Transportation and storage
    7.4% – Accommodation and food service activities
    2.5% – Information and communication
    3.6% – Financial and insurance activities
    1.1% – Real estate activities
    6.6% – Professional, scientific and technical activities
    6.6% – Administrative and support service activities
    5.3% – Public administration and defence
    8.1% – Education
    16.5%- Human health and social work activities
    2.7% – Arts, entertainment and recreation
    2.3% – Other service activities

    Did you know?

    – Whisky manufacture supports around 41,000 jobs in Scotland
    – Creative industries contribute over 2 billion to the local economy annually
    – Over half a million people work in the public sector here
    – Leading the way in low-carbon technology
    – There are world leading universities here
    – Tourism supports over 200,000 jobs in the service sector here
    – There are around 185,925 companies in Scotland
    – Glasgow is the fourth largest manufacturing sector in the UK


    Central: East

    Home to the capital city of Edinburgh, this iconic part of Scotland is also host to lots of opportunities for school leavers and those looking for employment. Further up the coast there is the city of Dundee, which is a centre of employment, education and retail for the area. Human health and social work makes up the biggest employer in the city, providing almost 17% of jobs. There is also the picturesque St Andrews, known worldwide as ‘the home of golf’, and the location of one of the UK’s most famous universities, which was founded way back in 1413!

    Key City: Edinburgh
    Edinburgh is consistently one of the most prosperous cities in the UK, over 48% of the cities adult population are university graduates. Tourism is big business in Edinburgh, with its iconic castle and fringe festival attracting visitors each year, the city receives over 7 million visitors annually. The main employers here are public services and the finance industry, the two largest individual employers being the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian. The Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows are just some of the finance and banking companies based here, it’s the perfect place to start a career in money!

    Key Colleges: Adam Smith College, Angus College, Carnegie College, Dundee College, Edinburgh’s Telford College, Elmwood College, Forth Valley College, Jewel and Esk College, Newbattle Abbey College, Oatridge College, Perth College, Stevenson College Edinburgh, West Lothian College.
    Key Universities: The University of Abertay Dundee, University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, University of St Andrews, University of Stirling.
    Key Employers: The NHS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Universities in Edinburgh, St Andrews and Dundee.

    14-19 prospectuses: Head to www.direct.gov.uk to find the details of your local council.


    Central: West

    The main economic force here is Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow; however there are opportunities in the rest of the region too. Just to the south of the city is the Lanarkshire area, which is home to over 600,000 people. This area has seen investment in property as it’s easily reachable from Glasgow and Edinburgh, which has boosted Construction locally.

    Key City: Glasgow
    Glasgow is Scotland’s largest urban economy; the city supports over 450,000 jobs. Traditionally Glasgow has been a centre for manufacture and shipbuilding, the city is still home to the BAE Systems Surface Ships, but most jobs in the city are now in financial and business services, public administration, health and retail. As with other areas in Scotland public services is a major sector with Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde police providing lots of jobs.

    Key Colleges: Anniesland College, Cardonald College, City of Glasgow College, Clydebank College, Coatbridge College, Cumbernauld College, James Watt College, John Wheatley College, Langside College, Motherwell College, North Glasgow College, Reid Kerr College, South Lanarkshire College, Stow College.
    Key Universities: University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University, The Glasgow School of Art, The University of Strathclyde, The University of the West of Scotland.
    Key Employers: Glasgow City Council, BAE Systems, University of Glasgow

    14-19 prospectuses: Head to www.direct.gov.uk to find the details of your local council.

    Highlands & Isles

    Highlands and Islands

    The highlands and islands of Scotland are world famous for their Whisky production, with a large number of distilleries in Speyside and on the island of Islay. However there are other opportunities too. For lovers of the great outdoors agriculture and forestry are big employers, timber is big business in the highlands! There are urban opportunities too, Inverness is home to LifeScan who manufacture medical equipment.

    Key City: Aberdeen
    The North East of Scotland is very different to the traditional highland and island economies. Aberdeen is a key location for the oil industry in the UK as a gateway to the North Sea oil fields. The oil industry has given Aberdeen a great deal of prosperity but has also led to a growth in the electronics design and development industry.

    Key Colleges: Aberdeen College, Banff and Buchan College, Inverness College, Lews Castle College, Moray College, North Highland College, Orkney College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Shetland College.
    Key Universities: The University of Aberdeen, University of the Highlands and Islands, Robert Gordon University.
    Key Employers: LifeScan Scotland, Drambuie, BP.

    14-19 prospectuses: Head to www.direct.gov.uk to find the details of your local council.

    Lowlands & Borders

    Lowlands and Borders

    Below the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, this area is a scenic stretch of land that is home to the Galloway Forest Park and borders with Northumberland National Park. Agriculture is big business here, with barley wheat and potatoes grown along the borders region. Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway are centres of dairy production.

    There’s also an organisation called the South West Scotland Screen Commission, they promote the Dumfries and Galloway area as a possible location for film and television productions. The rural spaces in this region also allow for renewable energy opportunities, with on shore wind farms across the region, particularly in South Lanarkshire.

    Key sectors: Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Tourism
    Key Colleges: Ayr College, Barony College, Borders College, Dumfries and Galloway College, Kilmarnock College, Scottish Agricultural College.

    14-19 prospectuses: Head to www.direct.gov.uk to find the details of your local council.