Aberdeen is special, which is why it is consistently voted one of the top places in the UK to live and work

Regularly achieving one of the highest living standards in the UK, people who come to live and work in Aberdeen agree that the quality of life is unique, with city facilities offering exceptional education, healthcare, choice of housing and leisure activities.

Many families need look no further than Aberdeen and the surrounding area as the place to relocate to. The lifestyle is the factor cited most often by people who decide to move here, with many choosing to stay on following a move from elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

Aberdeen can surprise you

Aberdeen is a truly cosmopolitan city that offers a great range of cultural activities, festivals and events in addition to the superb array of shopping, restaurants, bars and night life. Aberdeen has embraced its international workforce with specialist food shops, supermarkets and restaurants offering a wide variety of ethnic foods.

A region for outdoor enthusiasts

It is Aberdeen’s close proximity to some of the most awe-inspiring countryside and coastline that sets it apart from other international cities. It is a city with a beach just a short stroll from the main shopping centre. Long sandy beaches, cliff side bird sanctuaries, wooded glens and craggy mountains are just some of the highlights waiting to be explored.

The region has some of the best spring salmon fishing and grouse shooting in the world and the coast also offers offshore water sports as well as dolphin and seal spotting. A wide range of outdoor sports are available from kite surfing to hill walking as well as exceptional snow sports in the winter months – the Cairngorm National Park is only a one hour drive away from Aberdeen city centre.

With a golf course for every week of the year, nine of which are within the city
limits, Aberdeen and the surrounding area is a golfer’s paradise from the newly opened Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie to Royal Aberdeen which is the 6th oldest golf course in the world.

The city boasts high weekly wages that are well above the national averages, and crime rates are among the lowest in the country. Even the weather here is good – the North-East is the driest region in Scotland and Aberdeen was recently named the sunniest city in the UK! It’s not surprising that Aberdeen was recently voted one of the UK’s happiest cities. Unique quality of life is why Aberdeen is one of the UK’s happiest cities.

What are the career prospects in Aberdeen?

The vibrant business community means the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and flourishing, as is demonstrated by the large number of global businesses that have made Aberdeen their base. Aberdeen has one of the lowest unemployment levels in the UK with 1.2 full time posts for every person of working age.

There are currently a large number of major investments within the energy sector which has seen an increase in demand for experienced engineers and technicians of all disciplines. Opportunities also exist in the service sector for all types of staff.

Where can I search for jobs?

• Talent Scotland is a talent attraction project that provides useful information about the different industries in Scotland and invaluable advice about relocating to Aberdeen.

• Opito is a leading careers information service for the oil and gas industry.

• Cogent is a careers specialist in the science based industries

All major companies have employment opportunities promoted on their company websites. Alternatively there are a large number of online employment agencies located in Aberdeen.

What type of housing is available in Aberdeen?

Property choice in Aberdeen is varied from affordable housing to stunning granite stone townhouses. Before moving to Aberdeen you will need to arrange initial accommodation. Private properties available for purchase or rented accommodation is readily available throughout the city and the surrounding area.

All solicitors within Aberdeen advertise local properties for sale or rent via their own websites or through Aberdeen Solicitors Property Centre www.aspc.co.uk Viewing this website will give an indication of styles, sizes and prices of accommodation currently available.

There are also a number of temporary accommodation options available including hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostel facilities.

What are the education options in Aberdeen?

Aberdeen is known as the city of learning and holds a high record of academic achievements through its schools and further education system. Aberdeen can offer a wide variety of public nurseries, primary and secondary schools and information about registering children for school places, public/school holidays and school performance can be obtained from Aberdeen City Council: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

There are also a number of independent private schools offering nursery to pre-university education. Aberdeen also boasts two award winning universities and one of Scotland’s largest full time education colleges:

• The University of Aberdeen

• The Robert Gordon University

• Aberdeen College

Aberdeen is a great place to live and work. Come and be part of Aberdeen’s future.