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Edinburgh: more than just arts jobs

Written by Kimberley Startup | December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Online Job SearchWhat springs to mind when you think about Edinburgh? For many people, there’s an indelible association with high culture, and indeed, the city hosts the world’s biggest annual international arts festival every August. Sure enough, the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Book Festival attract plenty of cultural jobs, but with Edinburgh’s economy being one of the strongest outside London, it’s also a focal point for Webrecruit ( clients and candidates involved in tourism, retail and finance recruitment.
Of course, Edinburgh does have a strong arts sector as part of a burgeoning tourism sector worth about £1.6bn to the city economy, supporting 30,000 jobs. No city in Scotland receives a greater number of visitors, which helps to create jobs in historical and cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Gallery, St Giles’ Cathedral and Edinburgh Zoo. Staff recruitment is also strong in the local business and conference tourism industry, with Edinburgh comparing well to rivals like London and Edinburgh as one of the UK’s top conference destinations.
But the Edinburgh financial services sector is also strong, being the second largest in the United Kingdom after London, with the Royal Bank of Scotland having its global headquarters in the city, and Lloyds Banking Group, its Scottish headquarters. Edinburgh is also home to major players in the European insurance sector, including Standard Life and Scottish Widows, both of which can now be found immediately west of the city centre in the Terry Farrell master-planned Exchange business district. Edinburgh Park, meanwhile, is one of the UK’s largest business parks and is home to such businesses as BT, Diageo, HSBC, JP Morgan and John Menzies that also regularly recruit staff.
Even retail recruitment, a long-time strength of its rival Glasgow, is becoming an increasing focus in Edinburgh, amid developments like the Gyle centre near Edinburgh Park and Ocean Terminal in Leith, as well as redevelopment plans for Princes Street and St. James Centre. Edinburgh’s status as the centre of Scotland’s government and legal system also equates to a strong public sector, the National Health Service and City of Edinburgh Council being among the city’s major employers.
Meanwhile, those seeking opportunities to retrain or even academic roles are well-served by local higher education institutions like the University of Edinburgh, which has strengths in English, chemistry and social anthropology, while Heriot-Watt University is renowned for its maths and chemical engineering courses and Napier University is strongly associated with publishing and civil engineering. But the city offers a true wealth of employment and recruitment opportunities, with prominent law firms including CMS Cameron McKenna and DLA Piper LLP, while Edinburgh Leisure recruits for its many sport and leisure centres throughout the city.
Are you a recruiter who would like to find the best of Edinburgh’s skilled workforce, or a candidate on the lookout for that golden role in the city? If so, simply get in touch with the leading UK recruitment agency, Webrecruit (

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