Inverurie is a small market town situated on the north bank of the River Don in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. With a population of 12,760 according to the 2011 Census, the town is also known as the ‘Heart of the Garioch’. Located 17 miles, or approximately 35 minutes’ drive, from Aberdeen, Inverurie is well served by regular bus and rail services. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price in Inverurie is £250,996, approximately 11% higher than the overall average property price in North East Scotland at £224,379.
Inverurie Job Opportunities
The Inverurie railway lies on the single-track Aberdeen to Inverness Line. The proximity of Scotland’s third most populous city, just 20 minutes away, has been a major influence on jobs in Inverurie in recent times. Agriculture is still a mainstay of the economy, with major employers in Invererarie being Scotbeef, the largest meat processing business north of the border, and the Scottish Agricultural College, now part of the Scottish Rural College, according to a report from the Aberdeenshire Council. The Thainstone Centre is recognised as one of the largest and most modern livestock auction complexes in Europe, while other major employers include NHS Grampian and Royal Mail. Construction jobs and manufacturing jobs are provided by the likes of Kirkwood Homes and Scotframe Timber Engineering, which manufactures and supplies timber frame kits to self-builders.
Inverurie Employment Trends
The economy of Aberdeen and its neighbouring towns, including Inverurie, is closely linked to the fortunes of the global energy industry. The falling price of oil has had a detrimental effect on jobs in Inverurie. While the price of oil is expected to recover - at least to the point where North Sea operations are profitable again - the local economy must adapt in the meantime. This has resulted in a decreasing numbers of opportunities in fishing and granite, for example.