Those intending to work in Glasgow will discover that the city has a thriving economy, with a competitive job market. If considering working in Glasgow and arriving without a secured position, expats should be prepared to go through a rigorous hiring process for any job opportunity.


Job market in Glasgow

In the past, the city's economy relied heavily on manufacturing, particularly the shipbuilding industry. Today, Glasgow's economy has successfully diversified, with services, communications, healthcare, higher education and creative industries among its strong sectors.

Common sources of employment in the services sector include call centre workers, retail and secretarial staff, as well as more senior professional and managerial positions.

The financial industry has a large presence in Glasgow and employs a high percentage of the working population; however, it is very difficult to gain a position without previous experience. The outlying areas of the city support a large industrial sector with skilled workers being in demand on a regular basis.


Finding a job in Glasgow

For expats arriving with no employment secured, the best source for job leads continues to be networking and by word of mouth. Employment agencies are also a valuable tool and are eager to place qualified individuals in temporary and permanent positions. As there are so many applicants for each position, work standards are high and are expected to be maintained by any successful candidate.