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Working for the Council

Orkney may be geographically remote, but the needs of our community are just the same as anywhere else. And, as a result, the opportunities we can offer you are comparable with those you'll find elsewhere. Of course, there are a few differences: for starters Orkney consists of 100,000 hectares spread over 70+ small islands (19 of which are inhabited), so, like our service users, you'll need to make the most of the transportation links which are vital to Orkney's social and economic well-being.

Orkney Islands Council may be the smallest local authority in Scotland, but we can offer some big challenges.

We offer a range of opportunities, from manual to professional roles covering areas such as social care; teaching; economic development, catering; surveying; IT; legal; finance; library and archive; and museums to name but a few. Plus, as one of the few local authorities with a harbour authority, we also have openings in this area from time to time. To view information about applying for a job with Orkney Islands Council as well as a list of vacancies see the link within the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Careers Advice

If you're a school leaver seeking help and advice about your future, the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work has lots of useful advice and information to help guide you through your next few steps in life.

Skills Development Scotland

Visit Skills Development Scotland for more information on careers from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.


Employment4students brings you the latest student jobs, part time jobs, temporary jobs, internships and graduate jobs and the best deals for students. A link to the website is available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

They advertise a range of jobs opportunities and work, from summer jobs to Christmas jobs.

Living and Working in Orkney

Further information about living and working in Orkney is available on the Work Orkney website which has been developed jointly by the Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise as a guide for anyone interested in relocating to Orkney.

This is an Orkney Marketing project funded by Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise with additional support from the European LEADER programme. It was filmed by Inverurie-based Cinecosse.

If there is a Jobs and Careers related topic that you cannot find, please contact us to get further help and have your questions answered. We also welcome suggestions for future articles or features, so we can develop our web service.

Related Sites

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Telephone: 01856 873535

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