How to find a job in Scotland: a guide to get started

If you would like to find a job in Scotland, I have a good news for you: the unemployment rate is quite low. It’s pretty easy to find a job.

What you need to do to be allowed to work in Scotland

To be allowed to work in Scotland (and the rest of the UK), you’ll need to apply for your NIN: your National Insurance Number.

This number is used to identify you in the national security system and tax system in the UK.

How to apply for your NIN

You need a NIN number if you’re planning to work or get a student loan in the UK. The first thing to do is to apply on the government website.

Once you’ve applied online, your Job centre ahould give you an appointment for your NIN interview.

You will need to bring some documents to this interview to prove your identity:

  • passport or identity card
  • residence permit
  • birth or adoption certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • driving licence

You should receive your NIN after 10 days.

Finding your first job in Scotland

If you are looking for any kind of job, Gumtree is one of the best source.

If you’re looking for a job in hospitality, distributing your CVs directly in the restaurants, bars and cafes is a good strategy.

Finding a job in your field in Scotland

Application written with scrabble tiles
« Application » by Got Credit is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you’re looking for a job in a specific field, you will probably have to fill an online application form.

We recommend to check this online course if you’ve never filled application forms before: How to succeed at Writing Applications

There are a lot of different websites where you can find job ads but here’s a short list:

We hope that this article will help you get started!

You can find other articles about Moving to Scotland here.


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