Working in Shetland
The first thing to do before planning a move to Shetland is to see if you need to apply for a UK visa. You can do this on the UK government website.
For the latest vacancies, see our Jobs in Shetland page. You will need to prove to your employer that you have the right to work in the UK. Check if you are eligible to work here using the government website right to work service.
Everyone who works in the UK needs a National Insurance (NI) number. If you have a biometric residence permit (BRP), you might have a National Insurance number already – it will be printed on the back of your BRP if you do. If not, you need to call the National Insurance application number: +44 (0)800 141 2075, and ask for an application form.
For certain jobs (or certain kinds of voluntary work), you may need to have a criminal records check. This is carried out by Disclosure Scotland and you need to apply for a certificate.
Workers in Scotland must be paid at least the legal National Minimum Wage. Income Tax and National Insurance payments will be taken directly from your wages and your employer should give you a statement showing how much you’ve been paid and how much has been deducted. Find out more about Income Tax on the UK government website.
The law protects you from discrimination by employers on grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion or beliefs. If you have any difficulty, contact the Shetland Citizen’s Advice Bureau.