Galashiels is an important commercial town in the Scottish Borders, from where a new railway line now provides improved transport connections to Edinburgh, as well as greater opportunities for jobs in Galashiels. House prices in the town have increased slightly since the Galashiels-Edinburgh line was built in 2015, and they currently average around £125,000, which is cheaper than Earlston and Lauder further north (Border Railways Link Report). The Borders College campus and Heriot-Watt University attract a young and vibrant crowd to the area, where 15,000 residents live in and among the town's former mills.
Galashiels Job Opportunities
Throughout Galashiels, a range of commercial and residential developments is generating vital construction jobs for labourers, engineers and many other skilled workers in the town. A keen sense of the health and safety risks on a construction site is important for working in this sector, in addition to skills in manual handling, carpentry and plumbing. Jobs in Galashiels at retail giants such as Marks & Spencer and Tesco also provide opportunities for those with skills in customer service and sales. Customer service jobs often involve regular interaction with the public, regardless of whether it's to provide accurate information, give advice, answer questions or solve problems.
Galashiels Employment Trends
The main development in the area is the new railway line from Galashiels to Edinburgh, completed in 2015. It is hoped that the improved transport links will attract more tourists and encourage commuters to move to the town. Costing just under £300 million, this Borders Railway line provides regular journeys to Edinburgh throughout the week, and it now takes only 1 hour to reach the capital city from the town. Since 2000, various retail giants have also invested in the town, providing more and more jobs in retail and the food services.