Guide to working in Glasgow

A guide to... working in Glasgow

By Daniel Allard

​One of the main benefits of working for the NHS is the wealth of opportunities that are available throughout the UK. As one of the largest recruiters of healthcare professionals, we’re launching a regional guide which will demonstrate the variety of opportunities available to imaging professionals, nurses, mental health workers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists across the country.

To kickstart this, we’re heading north of the border to see what makes Glasgow such an exciting place to live and work.

Is Glasgow a good place to live?

As Scotland’s second city, Glasgow is one of the top destinations for those looking to benefit from the hustle and bustle of city life. Home to over 600,000 residents, it was recently named the best city for millennials to live and work in, making it a fabulous option for those wishing to progress their healthcare careers.

Glasgow is seen as an economic ‘hub’ in the UK and is known to be a lively and diverse place for work. The city is known for its friendliness and although it has a large student population, other residents can enjoy a mix of history, culture, sport and greenery.

What is the average rent?

Rent in Glasgow is affordable. A search on the popular estate agent website Rightmove shows that a three-bedroom family home outside the city centre can be as little as £650 per month, whilst a one-bedroom city centre apartment can be as cheap as £525 per month.

In comparison, those considering moving to London could expect to pay up to £2,000 per month for a one-bedroom city centre apartment!

Is it accessible for public transport?

If you’re working shift work within the NHS, then it’s imperative that you live in an area which has accessible public transport facilities. Like most large cities, Glasgow has access to fantastic transport links. With large train stations and an airport, it’s easily situated for residents to take trips – particularly ideal if you are an international health professional who has moved to the UK to further your career.

There is an extensive bus service available, as well as an underground train system which means that you can travel across the city quickly and cheaply.

Many residents prefer to commute on foot – the city is based upon a grid system, making it easy to find your way around. What’s more, Glasgow City Council has developed a unique app which allows walkers to find their way as well as learning about the city’s rich history.

What is the culture like?

Glasgow is one of the friendliest places in the UK. Glaswegians are well known for their chatty and friendly nature – there is plenty to see and do, whatever your interests.

With a strong student community, you can expect to find a large variety of nightlife and those who enjoy a tipple of whiskey may like to visit one of the 120 distilleries which can be found nearby.

Situated on the River Clyde, there is a great balance between city life and rural seclusion. The city has more green space per square mile than any other UK city, which means that you can enjoy some of the many parks.

For those with an interest in history and culture, Glasgow is full of museums and art galleries. Those with a love of architecture may marvel at the gothic buildings throughout the city.

What jobs are available in Glasgow?

There is a wealth of opportunities for healthcare professionals looking to progress their careers. We work closely with many employers throughout the area and we are currently recruiting for experienced imaging professionals.

If you would like to find out more about our radiography or sonography jobs, or any other NHS jobs that we have available in Glasgow, simply upload your CV and we’ll get in touch.