Steeped in history, Elgin, is a former cathedral city in Morayshire (Moray) Scotland, politically represented in the parliaments of both Scotland and UK (Westminster constituency). Home to a predominantly Scottish population, Elgin also supports an ethnic minority of British and other nationalities. The economy of this city located to the South of River Lossie, and those of nearby towns of Forres and Lossiemouth is heavily based on the Royal Air Force (RAF) stations in the area, the employment opportunities they create and infrastructure needed to support these units.
Good schools, Moray College for continuing education, Dr Gray's hospital, a couple of health centres, a hospice, several churches, leisure, culture and sport centres are some of the facilities here. These provide a variety of jobs from sport coaching jobs as well as administration roles. Elgin is connected by both trains and buses to Aberdeen and Inverness, from where other local and global destinations can be reached via flights as well.
Elgin Job Opportunities
The RAF stations have been the prime source of jobs in Elgin. Reportedly, they accounted for 21% of employment in this area, before one station was converted into an army base in 2010. The scenic and calm city is also home to a thriving tourism industry with good job prospects. With Dr Gray's hospital being regularly expanded to enhance the level of health care services, construction and healthcare jobs in Elgin are most likely to prove rewarding. Costa Coffee, Starbucks and several restaurants, distilleries, retail outlets and hotels in Elgin also offer job opportunities.
Elgin Employment Trends
The conversion of RAF Kinloss into an army base in 2010, however, resulted in job cuts earlier this decade. But, a recent Press and Journal news article reveals that work is yet to commence on the £7 million St. Giles Centre extension project, for which the planning permission was cleared two years ago. It is only a matter of time before work commences to spruce up the shopping zone and its neighbourhood, including the Elgin bus station, creating new jobs in Elgin.