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Like most major Scottish cities, Dundee is very welcoming towards expatriates. Find out, in this article, how to find a job in Dundee.

Initially a small medieval town, Dundee is now the 4th biggest city in Scotland. It started expanding in the 19th century thanks to the jute industry. In fact, it used to be referred to as the land of jute, jam and journalism.

Nowadays, Dundee is known as the city of discovery thanks to science activities that have greatly developed over the years. Indeed, biomedical industries and technology are predominant in this city.

Moreover, 10% of the UK's digital entertainment industry is found in Dundee. This is how is has been designated as the 1st British city for design by the UNESCO thanks to its significant contribution in various fields, namely medical research, comics and video games.

Dundee also hosts two universities, namely the University of Dundee and Abertay University, which welcome foreign students in large numbers every year.

Economy and labor market

Dundee is described as being a regional employment and education hub. Among the 27 major employers in Dundee, you have NHS Tayside, Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Tesco, DC Thomson & Co and British Telecom for the public sector.

As regards the private sector, companies such as National Cash Register (NCR), Michelin, Alliance, Trust, Aviva, Asda, Xplore Dundee, etc, are quite promising in terms of employment. Of course, this is a non-exhaustive list as you will find many more companies in the city.

The biomedical sector, along with biotechnology, count thousands of employees on their own. Career prospects are also available in other sectors such as information and communication technology, video games, trade and retail, etc.

If you are on the spot, why not try your luck by sending spontaneous job applications to companies operating along Murraygate and High Street?

As Dundee is a continuously developing city, you are likely to be hired in various fields. Note that the renovation of Dundee's waterfront is expected to generate thousands of jobs.

Find a job

You are probably likely to start your job search on the Internet if you are not yet in Scotland. Feel free to browse job websites as well as professional social networks such as LinkedIn. Networking and word of mouth may also help if you have relatives, friends or contacts on the spot.

If you have already moved to Dundee, consider registering with a recruitment agency which can help you find a job according to your profile more rapidly. You can as well visit a few companies that you have selected and drop your resume, even if these are not officially hiring.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Work in Dundee Forum 
Expat.com – Jobs in Dundee 
Yell – Dundee Business Directory www.yell.com
Myjobscotland www.myjobscotland.gov.uk
Indeed www.indeed.co.uk
S1 Jobs www.s1jobs.com
Gumtree www.gumtree.com
Totaljobs www.totaljobs.com
Reed www.reed.co.uk

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