Current Vacancies

If you’re interested in moving to Shetland, there are several ways in which you can find out about the jobs on offer. Many job vacancies in Shetland are listed online.

Jobcentre Plus

You can search for a job on the DirectGov website, specifying Shetland when you enter the kind of job you would like.

General Job Vacancy Information

You can find out about many more Shetland vacancies in the weekly Shetland Times newspaper and on the Shetland News website.

Public Sector Positions

  • Jobs with Shetland Islands Council are advertised on the Council’s pages within the myjobscotland website
  • Opportunities with the Shetland Recreational Trust appear on the jobs page of their website.
  • Opportunities with NHS Shetland appear on the NHS Scotland Online Recruitment website.
Shetland has many advantages as a place to work. You can enjoy one of the finest natural environments in Europe and use leisure facilities of extraordinary scope and quality. Education and health facilities are of an excellent standard and housing is relatively affordable. You can live in a vibrant community in which you need never be short of things to do.

Skills Required

Shetland’s community and economy needs a wide range of skills, so wide indeed that we couldn’t hope to list all of them here. However, the major sectors include food (including agriculture and fisheries), administration, education, health, construction, professional services, tourism, retailing, the oil sector, transport and various branches of the creative industries. The craft sector, including textiles and particularly knitwear, is small but nonetheless vital. Opportunities arise from time to time in journalism, broadcasting, architecture, town planning, sports and recreation or arts management, to give just a few examples.

One option you might consider is to keep your present job - wherever that may be - but live in and work from Shetland. Some people have already done this successfully and, with excellent communications, it may be feasible for you.


The two largest employers in Shetland are:

Each of them employs many specialists across a very wide range of employment areas. If you want to look for employers in particular fields, a good starting point is the Shetland Business Directory.

For more information:

  • If you feel that it would be helpful to talk over your employment prospects and take some advice on career development, you may find it useful to contact Skills Development Scotland; you can email their office in Lerwick.
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