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Living And Working In Dundee

Dundee is situated on the Firth of Tay estuary, which flows into the North Sea and is in eastern Scotland. It is Scotland's fourth largest city following on from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. It is approximately a sixty mile drive to Scotland's capital Edinburgh and there are regular direct train journeys to and from London which is around 470 miles (depending on the route) from Dundee.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
October 19, 2023

Dundee is situated on the Firth of Tay estuary, which flows into the North Sea and is in eastern Scotland. It is Scotland's fourth largest city following on from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. It is approximately a sixty mile drive to Scotland's capital Edinburgh and there are regular direct train journeys to and from London which is around 470 miles (depending on the route) from Dundee.

Being adjacent to the North Sea, the winters are described as oceanic, meaning it can be cold and windy especially in Winter when storms are not uncommon. Summers are often cooler than maybe you are used to but the sun does come out!

Often remembered for its extremely important and significant role in ship building, Dundee has an interesting history and is often described as being famous for its ‘three j’s’ namely jute, jam and journalism. Jute mills were especially common in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The jam reference refers to the idea of marmalade being introduced with Keiller’s marmalade, which was then exported on a large scale. The journalism part is because of a large and well regarded publishing firm which is still there well over a century later. Of course, Dundee has a much more varied past with colourful stories of sieges and wars which span throughout the centuries.

Dundee has a high proportion of its population who are employed in the life sciences and research, energy, medicine and healthcare, creative industries, digital, video game development, tech, cyber security, electronics, education, publishing, sales and the leisure/retail industries. It is the first and only UK city to receive the UNESCO City of Design designation.

Dundee has remained proud of its culture and is successfully transforming and regenerating the Waterfront costing around one billion pounds and which has seen investment and businesses boost the economy. The arrival of the highly acclaimed and much anticipated design attraction, the Victoria and Albert Museum, has roused much interest. Tourism is popular and visitors can choose from exploring the nearby areas with its rich tapestries of castles, abbeys, waterfalls, forests, mountainous regions, unspoilt beaches, amazing opportunities to watch wildlife and of course the assortment of both traditional and modern restaurants, pubs and cafes and wonderful accommodation and interesting shops.

The city is known for being a centre of academic and research excellence. There are two world class universities here in addition to an award winning college.

The average price for a property here is very affordable compared to many other regions With everything you could possibly dream of on your own doorstep and friendly locals waiting to welcome you, Dundee is a really great place to live and work.

If you’re looking for a new career in Dundee, we recommend attending our Dundee Careers Fair! Our career fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education levels the opportunity to speak to representatives from an abundance of local employers. Book a ticket today!

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