Currently, around 73% of the working age population in Moray is in employment, a figure similar to the Scottish average. With a well-educated skilled workforce, organisations in Moray benefit from low staff turnover and high retention rates.
Moray is a powerhouse with a strong manufacturing base, and double the numbers of skilled trades jobs than Scotland as a whole.
Moray is located between Scotland’s oil capital Aberdeen and the Highlands’ capital city, Inverness, with easy access to rail, road and international airport links. Inverness Airport is only 35 minutes from Elgin, the Commercial and Administrative Capital of Moray whilst Aberdeen Airport is no more than a 90 minute drive.
Food and drink made in Moray is exported across the world. Industry leaders such as Associated Seafoods, the Baxters Food Group and Walkers shortbread are located in Moray as well as over half the distilleries in Scotland including many world-famous brands such as Macallan, Benromach, Cardhu and The Glenlivet. Indeed, it is estimated that over thirty million litres of whisky travel south down the A95 every year, making Moray an undeniable major contributor to Scotland’s food exports and the UK’s tax revenues.
But Moray is not just a centre for food and drink. Cashmere and fine woollens specialist Johnstons of Elgin established in 1797 and major construction firms such as Robertson Group and Springfield Homes, as well as the internationally renowned engineering firm Forsyths, have their roots in Moray.
Whilst the products made in Moray are exported across the world it’s generally been true to say that when the company starts in Moray it usually stays in Moray.
We have space for your business to grow with high-quality infrastructure across the region.
Workers in Moray are more likely to have a skill than across Scotland as a whole. Moray College is part of the new UHI and has and has over 8,000 enrolled students. It offers a range of degree and postgraduate courses.
Moray has a strong educational base and there are eight secondary schools, which in 2011 produced 1,021 school leavers. Some 89% went on to further or higher education or to gain employment – above the Scottish average of 82%.