Inverness is a thriving Scottish city and one of the fastest growing in Europe.
It is also the unofficial capital of the Highlands, having been established as far back as the 6th century. In the past decade, the population of the city rose by an incredible 14% to 60,000, with around 75,000 living across the region.
The incredible growth in population, has been allied to an equally impressive economic boom. The City and the wider region had the fastest growth of productivity per person in Scotland between 1998 and 2008, ranking second in the UK.
Traditionally, Inverness was a stronghold in distilling and agriculture. But these days, those industries have been replaced by vibrant, modern businesses. number of IT and Internet firms now operate in the city as well a number of large public administration centres. The Highlands & Islands Enterprise has funded the city's Centre for Health Science, which has attracted more medical based businesses to the city. As a result, Inverness is home to the design and manufacture of diabetes diagnostic kits.
The city is also home to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), having been relocated from Edinburgh as part of the Scottish government's plans to decentralise power. The SNH is now a major employer of staff in the area.
Recruitment agencies will also look to place candidates in the retail sector, with the Eastgate Shopping Centre home to a large number of shops, having been redeveloped and extended in 2003. As you would expect in such a thriving city, unemployment is below average at just 1.7%. The average weekly pay comes in at an impressive £480.