Working in Aberdeen City and Shire

Awe-inspiring landscapes and coastline, a thriving economy and home to the happiest people in Scotland, this region is brimming with possibility. It’s the perfect place to lay down roots, enjoy an exceptional lifestyle and advance your career in exciting industries.


Approximately 475,800 people are delighted to call this prosperous region home because it truly has the best of all worlds. Vibrant and invigorating, you can choose to live in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen or opt for a slower pace of life in one of the region’s towns or seaside villages.

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Hailed as a global energy hub, this coastal ‘Granite City’ is much more than just stone. In 2013, the city was ranked as Scotland's best city to live and work and the second best in the UK. With low unemployment and higher than average wages, Aberdeen offers outstanding education and healthcare facilities and is globally connected with air, rail and road links. The city has exceptional, bars, restaurants, theatres, hotels and a year-round programme of events.

One of the only British cities with a beach, Aberdeen boasts nine golf courses, dolphin watching in the harbour and award-winning parks and open spaces. No surprise it was voted one of the happiest cities in the UK in 2012.


Offering a thriving economy, fantastic leisure activities and a top quality life, Aberdeenshire really does have it all.

It was recognised as Scotland’s best rural quality of life in the Bank of Scotland’s 2013 survey. Higher health levels, low crime, above-average school achievements, high earnings and low unemployment were all contributing factors.

Impressively, the area was also distinguished as one of the most peaceful places to live in the UK by the Institute for Economics and Peach (IEP).

In addition to a relaxed pace of life, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure. As a dedicated sports fan, you can windsurf on the beach, golf on the green and ski in the mountains in Aberdeenshire — all in a single day!

Even the climate is attractive. The region is the driest in Scotland and Aberdeen was voted the sunniest city in the UK.

Rewarding careers

Aberdeen City and Shire is the location of choice to further your career in the energy sector. In addition to career prospects in oil and gas, you’ll also find opportunities in education, construction, life sciences, food and drink and tourism.

Lively culture and exciting experiences

Home to stunning beaches, the region provides ample opportunity to go surfing, sailing, wildlife watching, cycling, walking along coastal paths and more. Conveniently, you can reach most activities within an hour of the city centre.

In addition to golf courses, national parks and a lively nightlife, Aberdeen offers regular events at the city’s conference centre, music hall, cinemas, theatres and clubs.

Whatever you age or interests, you’ll find something to enjoy. From award-winning museums and art galleries to the castle, whisky and golf trails, there’s truly something for everyone. And an assortment of top eateries serve up fresh produce catering to absolutely every taste.

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Aberdeen City and Shire boasts a particularly broad housing market with a variety of properties for sale or rent. From traditional granite villas to modern developments and more, your choices are many.

City suburbs like Cults or Peterculter are particularly popular with families from overseas because of their international school, beautiful surroundings and superior amenities. Other popular areas include the desirable residential areas of Inverurie and Westhill, and the bustling coastal market town of Stonehaven.

Getting around

Aberdeen International Airport offers flights and connections to over 45 destinations. With only an hour flying time to London Heathrow, Amsterdam or Paris, Aberdeen is globally connected.

The city has excellent rail, road to the major cities in the UK and ferry services are available to Orkney and the Shetland Islands. Or if you prefer to drive, Glasgow and Edinburgh are only two and a half hours away.

Choose Aberdeen City and Shire to pursue your dream career - and enjoy an exceptional life in an awe-inspiring part of the world.