Is it easy to find work in Shetland?
Shetland has a thriving local economy with a total output worth £1 billion. Employers are always on the lookout for enthusiastic workers and there is a range of opportunities available at all levels of employment. Primary and secondary teachers, social care workers, administration staff, accountants, hospitality workers, nurses, fish processors and aquaculture specialists are just some of the types of job available.
Growing industries in Shetland include fishing and aquaculture, tourism, hospitality, renewable energy, oil and gas, and the creative arts. There are also opportunities to work for the NHS and for the Shetland Islands Council. See our Current Vacancies and Jobs in Health Care pages for the latest posts.
If you run your own business or are looking to set up a new enterprise, there’s plenty of assistance available locally, too. Check our Do Business page for more information.
What are the public services like?
Our public services are of a high standard. If you have children, they’ll receive excellent free education in some of the best-equipped schools in the country. We’ve also got two colleges, offering a range of subjects. Our local NHS reaches every corner of the islands. We have excellent roads and convenient internal ferries and bus services.
For shopping, we’ve got two main supermarkets in the town of Lerwick and another in Brae, in the north mainland. There are also lots of great independent shops selling local food, drink, homeware and gifts. Online shopping is popular, too, with most retailers happy to send products direct to Shetland.