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Living And Working In Aberdeen

Aberdeen is situated on the north east coast of Scotland adjacent to the formidable north sea and is Scotland's third largest city. Aberdeen’s train station is the busiest in Scotland, north of the major cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh and is well connected by road.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
March 11, 2024

Aberdeen is situated on the north east coast of Scotland adjacent to the formidable north sea and is Scotland's third largest city. Aberdeen’s train station is the busiest in Scotland, north of the major cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh and is well connected by road. It also has its own international airport which caters for several million passengers per annum. With its position next to the north sea, Aberdeen has a maritime climate meaning that here, the summers are generally cold and the winters are milder.

As with much of Scotland, Aberdeen has weaved a rich tapestry of history and this is evident as you admire the beautiful architecture that has been constructed through the ages , some even dating from medieval times. While we are on the subject of construction, one of the most notable aspects of Aberdeen is that the buildings seem to sparkle beautifully ~ quite literally! This is due to locally quarried and highly durable granite which is considered the best in the world and has a high mica content, being incorporated in the creation of many of the buildings.

In the past, Aberdeen's economy relied upon the traditions of fishing, textiles, paper making and ship building but now, times have moved on. With earnings higher here than the Scottish average, Aberdeen's economy continues to prosper and is globally renowned for its gas and oil industry. The area is a competitive business environment with a diverse range of opportunities with a wide range of skills and knowledge. These include life sciences, electronics, marine research, health research, renewable and alternative energy, engineering, technology and digital and lower carbon specialties as well as world famous and highly sought after food and drink which is exported to well over a hundred different countries.

Aberdeen has many major projects and investments, both planned and ongoing, with millions of pounds being invested into transformative regeneration. Growth is being further implemented throughout the region's key industry sectors, backed by several partnerships who are focused on Aberdeen's future. The area is heavily investing in net zero technology, driven by the talents of the regional workforce. In Summer of 2023, the north east of Scotland was announced as one of the new Investment Zones in Scotland and will be supported by up to £160 million in targeted investment, tax reliefs and a variety of incentives over the next decade.

The heliport is the busiest commercial heliport in the world and the port handles an astonishing five million tonnes of cargo each year. Aberdeen is definitely leading the way for investment and global trade and with two world class universities in addition to having been nominated as the best city in the UK to successfully start a business, one can see why people are attracted to want to live and work here.

Stunning beaches are to be found here and all very different from each other. Idyllic fishing villages with traditional charm to dolphin and seal spotting from the tops of volcanic cliffs. There are many gardens and parks here and many boast hugely magnificent floral displays for which Aberdeen continues to secure awards and win competitions. Due to the latitude of north east Scotland, it is not unusual to witness the spectacular Northern Lights colourful display especially in winter time.

Aberdeen is often described as being one of the luckiest places in the UK because of the high number of lottery winning millionaires and has recently been named as one of the best places to live in Great Britain due to the affordability as well as other factors which contribute to a good quality of life!

With its strong economy and job opportunities, excellent schooling and healthcare plus  a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, it is a fantastic place to live and work. The stunning coastal location offers the most beautiful scenery and the residents of Aberdeen create such  a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere that you will never want to leave.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on March 20th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Pittodrie Stadium, AB24 5QH which has been the home ground of the Scottish Professional Football League,  Aberdeen F.C. since they were formed in 1903. The stadium is located near to the city centre and is easily accessible by local public transport.

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