Orkney and Argyll outperform Dunkeld

DUNKELD may have been crowned as the “best place to live in Scotland” by The Sunday Times, but Orkney and Argyll & Bute outperform Perthshire when it comes to job opportunities, according to a recruitment website.

Hijobs said the number of positions advertised in Argyll & Bute nearly doubled between 2020 and 2022, while average hourly pay rates have grown nearly 20% in the past year with annual salaries up over 10%.

Meanwhile, hourly pay rates for jobs in Orkney have risen by 17%, while annual salaries have leapt by 24%.

This was in contrast with Perthshire, where annual salaries increased by just over 8% and hourly rates by 11% between 2020 and 2022.

The Sunday Times‘ annual guide takes into account factors such as the quality of local schools, shops, restaurants, broadband connections, and transport links in identifying its top locations, but not job opportunities and wages.

Chris Snelgrove, the website’s technical director, said: “We founded Hijobs on the firm belief that Scotland has some of the best places to live and work in the world.

The Sunday Times selection shines a light on some of our country’s gems, and it’s great to see from our data that Argyll & Bute and Orkney have a lot to offer job seekers, with more jobs at better rates of pay appearing on the Hijobs website.”

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