Fort William Overview
Fort William, the second largest settlement in the Scottish Highlands, and is a popular tourist destination. Set amidst Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, at the edge of the Great Glen, Fort William is accessible via the West Highland Line from Glasgow, Mallaig and London as well. Buses and coaches also serve this settlement. The Caledonian Canal directly connects nearby Corpach and Inverness. A 4 bedroom villa in Fort William start from prices in the region of £165,000, and a 2 bedroom flat at around £85,000, but the price bracket extends to hundreds of thousands for large detached houses. Fort William is known as ‘the outdoor capital of the UK’, and it’s especially popular with mountain climbers.
Fort William Job Opportunities
Tourism is one of the key sectors that generate jobs in Fort William. Most are part-time jobs, but those that are full-time tend to be general manager jobs or other positions of seniority and authority. Part-time Fort William jobs are mainly in the hospitality, healthcare and educational sectors, with hotels, restaurants, tour operators, shopping centres, schools, clinics, health centres, car hire and servicing firms and other local companies accounting for the majority of job opportunities in and around the town.
Fort William Employment Trends
There is no dearth of jobs in Fort William. Morbaine Ltd.’s proposal for a £10 million retail park at Fort William has recently got its approval, increasing the potential for new retail jobs in the area. The complex will include outlets from Aldi, Marks and Spencer, and Home Bargains. This project is expected to generate around 200 construction jobs, as well as bringing in 150 regular long-term positions. The £5.7 million redevelopment of Achintore Secondary School is also expected to boost local economy and create new jobs. The school building will be converted into council offices to house administrative staff across Fort William in a single location. The recently completed £170,000 Floating Pontoon project, led by Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company Ltd, is expected to provide a boost to local tourism, by enabling easy access for cruise passengers. A new £1 million indoor climbing centre is all set to welcome rock climbing enthusiasts this May. The premises will house a cafe, sports massage facility, a shop and of course climbing walls. The estimate is that 15 people will be employed here.