The town of Livingston is in West Lothian, a council area of Scotland. With a population of 56,269, Livingston is the largest town in West Lothian and 3rd largest in Scotland. For those looking for jobs in Livingston, according to the global statistics database Numbeo, Livingston is 27.8% cheaper in terms of rent prices than the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, and 5.3% cheaper on grocery prices.
Livingston Job Opportunities
Livingston has a strong private sector industry, with many of West Lothian's top private employers in the town, according to the West Lothian Business Directory (WLBD). Sky Television employs the most people in Livingston's private sector (4,000) due to the company's main call centre being situated in the town. Job seekers in Livingston may want to keep an eye on this strong source of employment as well as for other sales jobs. Retailers such as Tesco and ASDA also contribute strongly to jobs in Livingston with 2,200 and 800 positions respectively (WLBD). The town has two shopping centres (The Designer Outlet and The Centre) that bring together over 200 establishments, making retail a top source of employment followed by manufacturing jobs and National Health Service (NHS) jobs.
Livingston Employment Trends
West Lothian is an attractive place to invest and work in, due in part to the area's young and fast-growing population, according to the West Lothian Economic Profile for 2014-2015. In manufacturing, 12.3% (ONS 2012 Survey) of employed people work in this sector with a workforce made up of many skilled workers. This makes the sector attractive to investors, as was shown recently when US firm Jabil created and safeguarded many jobs. However, Livingston jobseekers wanting to work in manufacturing will need to show the necessary skills to compete with this strong workforce. In other sectors, the Scottish Government has highlighted food and drink, the life sciences and tourism as areas of potential economic growth.