Why Scotland?

We understand that choosing the right place to live is just as important as choosing the right job. Many people who have moved from abroad to Scotland have been attracted by the opportunity to enhance their quality of life.

We are aware you will ask yourself many questions and do a lot of research before making your final decision to move to Scotland. By this stage you have probably decided why you want to make the move from your home country and now need to know what you can expect from your new home in Scotland.

Scotland’s people are well known for being warm, welcome and friendly. Scotland is a home to over five million people, and it is estimated that for every person living in Scotland, another five people living across the world have Scottish ancestry.  With such wide connections spreading to every corner of the globe, it is no wonder that overseas visitors are made to feel like they are returning home!

Work-life balance

Scotland offers excellent work/life balance. We care about you, your wellbeing and making sure you have time during the working week to enjoy and experience life. Most office-based roles in Scotland offer a 9am to 5pm work rota. Working within a clinical role in NHSScotland, you will be offered shift work, however there are plenty of days off scheduled in, so you'll get the chance to enjoy life.


Scotland has a rich and historic culture and heritage and is a country of wonderful contrasts. Scotland is also a progressive, inclusive and forward-looking country. We welcome everyone, irrespective of their background, whether they are living with a disability, their ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or gender.


Christianity remains the largest single religion in Scotland, however, we are home to many other religious communities, including Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu groups.


Some 20% of people living in Scotland identify themselves as living with a long-term, activity-limiting health problem or disability.   We are actively encouraging people who work for our public services to declare where they are living with a health problem and we support an open and transparent culture in which people can bring their whole selves to work.   

LGBTI rights

Scotland introduced same-sex marriage in December 2014 and the law in Scotland provides protection for same-sex couples including in relation to property rights and adoption.

Pay and benefits

NHSScotland staff receive a competitive pay and benefits package, including generous annual leave and pension entitlements.

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Additional information

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