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Living And Working In Dundee

March 7, 2022
Joanna Clare

Dundee is situated on the Firth of Tay estuary, which flows into the North Sea and is in Eastern Scotland. The population of Dundee is around 148,000 residents and is Scotland's fourth largest city following on from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. It is approximately a sixty mile driving journey to Scotland's capital Edinburgh and there are regular direct train journeys to and from London.

Being adjacent to the North Sea, the winters are described as oceanic and can be cold and windy especially in Winter when storms are not uncommon. Summers are often  cool yet the sun does like to shine which makes it rather pleasant.

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, or rather marmalade, 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 the centuries.

Dundee has a high proportion of its population who are employed in the life sciences and research, medicine and healthcare, creative and digital, publishing, sales and the leisure/retail industries.

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 business 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.

Dundee has much to be proud of. This year it has been voted in the top 13 UK city break destinations, in 2019 and  2020 was voted as the best place to live in Scotland.

Choose to study from the University of Abertay in Dundee, the University of Dundee or there are several other fantastic universities locally placed . A recent survey shows Dundee to be third in a list of fun places to be a student.

Last year it was found that house prices in Dundee rose by around 11% yet the average price for a property here is often less than £200,000 so very affordable. With everything you could possibly want practically on your own doorstep and friendly locals waiting to welcome you, Dundee is a great place to be…and yes, the delicious Dundee cake really does originate from here!

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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