Working

Argyll and Bute offers an excellent work-life balance. Unemployment rates are below the national average and self-employment rates are above the Scottish average.

The key sectors of our economy include renewable energy manufacturing and generation, marine sciences, marine services, quality food and drink including agriculture and aquaculture, tourism, creative industries including film and forestry. The public sector organisations operating across Argyll offer opportunities in a range of fields including public administration, education, health and the emergency services.

Discover more about working in Argyll and Bute in our jobs section and read about some of the people who have chosen to develop their careers in Argyll and Bute, below.

Craig Wilson

After going away to University in Glasgow for four years, Craig Wilson decided that he would take a job back in Argyll, the place he called home.

Having being brought up in Strachur, Craig is used to the sense of community of the rural areas and our amazing scenery. After getting a job in Glasgow an opportunity came along through a work placement programme called Scot Grad. The job he was offered was at Stramash Enterprise, in Oban.

He now works for the council as an Economic Growth Officer for Tourism, Forestry and Defence, in Lochgilphead. For his job Craig sometimes travels to the Central Belt of Scotland or to Bute, Oban, and our other towns, villages and islands. Craig likes that his job lets him research particular topics and he likes to see the ways in which Argyll is being made a better place for people to come to live and work in. He also likes how varied his work is and how it is different to some standard roles in the private sector because he gets to deal with lots of different businesses rather than just one.

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the difference in Argyll is that you do know everybody and I quite like that particular aspect of it

Living here Craig understands that “the fantastic scenery” has a big part to play in why so many people like coming to the area. Craig says: “Being a piper, I’ve got lots of friends that are also from the area. There’s a benefit to knowing a lot of people. Some people prefer to not know their neighbours but the difference in Argyll is that you do know everybody and I quite like that particular aspect of it.”