• Creel fisherman in Stromness harbour - image by Colin Keldie

Live & Work

It goes without saying that Orkney’s the ideal holiday location, but it’s also a wonderful place to call home with a lifestyle that’s second to none.

The islands consistently come out top in national lifestyle and happiness surveys, and with good reason!

There’s no shortage of work either, with plentiful job opportunities across a broad range of sectors.

Still learning, or seeking new educational challenges? You’ll find further and higher education courses here covering everything from archaeology to renewable energy, in addition to strongly performing local schools that are very much at the heart of their local communities.

Check out the pages below to learn more about what Orkney has to offer those seeking the perfect work/life balance.

Our jobs page also lists all the latest local vacancies, including posts within Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney.

What are you waiting for?

Win a Three-Night Break to Orkney

This unforgettable three-night experience for two adults will take you to the spectacular Orkney Islands where you’ll follow in the footsteps of mighty Viking rulers, learn about wartime heritage during two world wars, experience breathtaking natural landscapes, and explore the picturesque town of Stromness.