Inverness is, according to The Sun, the 15th most affordable city in the United Kingdom, and the highest ranking Scottish city for quality of life. Rightmove reports that the overall average price of property in Inverness over the past twelve months is broadly equivalent to the previous year, representing a decrease of only 4% compared with property prices a decade ago. Compared with nearby towns and villages, property prices in Inverness are 17% cheaper than the town of Fortrose, 12% cheaper than the village of Muir of Ord, and 12% more expensive than the town of Beauly.
Inverness Job Opportunities
Inverness is the administrative, commercial and educational capital of the Highlands, as well as a major tourist centre. The number of manufacturing jobs in Inverness has increased to keep pace with the demands of the offshore oil industry, while the number of people employed in administration jobs in Inverness is significantly higher than the national average for Scotland, and for the United Kingdom as a whole. When it comes to jobs, Inverness offers a broad selection, including those in the traditional light engineering, food process and the textile industries. In terms of public sector jobs Inverness offers teaching, social care and leisure services opportunities with the Highland Council, which is the largest employer in the region, and healthcare opportunities with NHS Scotland, which is the largest employer in the whole of Scotland.
Inverness Employment Trends
The Scotsman has reported that Inverness has the second lowest rate of unemployment in Scotland, with just 2.1% of the adult population out of work. Tourism, which already employs 20,000 people in the Highlands and Islands region and generates around £735 million for the local economy, is one major growth sector, along with energy and life sciences. Major private sector employers in Inverness include Scottish & Southern Energy, Global Energy Group and LifeScan Scotland, which is part of Johnson & Johnson and the largest life sciences employer in the country. With regard to future jobs Inverness is thriving economically, and continues to attract progressive, technological businesses.