Living and Working

Edinburgh is a beautiful and compact city with a rich history and thriving cultural scene. These qualities are helping to attract, and retain, a highly skilled workforce that is driving the city’s growth.

Living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in UK. The average cost to rent a city centre, one bedroom flat is up to 56% cheaper than in London, whilst the city has more 'green space' than any other in the UK. Edinburgh is a city steeped in history, seamlessly blending old and new, providing its residents with the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant capital city. Clean, compact and safe, Edinburgh, with its diverse multicultural population, regularly tops the list of European cities where people would most like to live. As with every city, Edinburgh has several areas that are popular to live in with each offering their own characteristics. Popular areas include:

City Centre - Georgian splendour of the New Town next to the historic charms of the Old Town.

Stockbridge - Very popular residential area, particularly for families. The Water of Leith runs through this lovely part of town, which very much has its own relaxed ‘village’ atmosphere.

Leith - Historic port town that is known for its waterfront views, smart apartment blocks, and award winning restaurants and bars. Leith is particularly popular with young people, though many families also live in the area.

Morningside and Bruntsfield - Adjacent districts that retain their own unique ‘village’ feel. Just a short bus ride from the city centre, they are quieter and very popular with families. The primary and secondary schools are particularly sought after.

When trying to attract experienced staff to move, Edinburgh’s range of great schools, easy access to the outdoors and high standard of living is an attractive proposition.

Michael Boniface, managing director, Skymoons Edinburgh

Short commute

Edinburgh is a compact city which can make getting to work quick and easy. 51% of city residents use the bus, cycle or walk as their main mode of travel with the city having the highest satisfaction rates with public trasport in Scotland. Edinburgh also has some 75km of off-street paths for cycling and walking to work.

With the arrival of the modern tram service in 2014, Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams combine to provide an integrated and high quality transport choice for residents and visitors to the city, linking the city's international airport with the city centre. When commuting from further afield, the train is a popular option and many people commute into the city from the Lothians, the Borders, Fife, Glasgow, Dundee and Perth.

Working in Edinburgh

Compared with other major UK cities, Edinburgh has one of the lowest unemployment rates as well as the highest proportion of high-skilled occupations and in 2016, residents had the 2nd highest annual earnings in the UK.

Across Edinburgh and the city region there are several industries with numerous firms ranging from large corporations to small start-ups. The city is perhaps best known for its Financial Services sector, with nearly 11% of the working population employed in the Finance and Insurance sector.

Edinburgh has also seen rapid growth in its technology sector. The city's skilled and highly productive workforce has attracted many international companies. There is also an expanding pool of home-grown start-ups and university spin-outs enjoying significant international success.

There are also world-leading companies in several other sectors such as Life Sciences and the Creative industries

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