The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Glasgow
Glaswegians (or ‘weegies’ as they’re referred to locally) are known for being a friendly bunch. So if a move there is on the cards then you certainly won’t struggle to make friends. You and your new pals can wander around the city’s cosmopolitan West End, before making like a local and heading to one of the many cool coffee shops in Finnieston. Take in some of the stunning gothic architecture spotted all around the city, then end your night in the renowned Sub club for a real weegie experience. You could definitely do worse than uprooting to this stunning Scottish city.
A little bit of history:
- Glasgow was founded in the 6th Century and quickly asserted itself as an important trading port.
- The stunning cloisters at the University of Glasgow were built in 1860 and designed by architect George Gilbert Scott. They feature regularly on films and are not to be missed.
- The Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in Glasgow. Or so the story goes…
- The most romantic city in the world? The bones of St Valentine himself reside in Glasgow’s Church of Blessed St John Duns Scotus giving the Scots a good case for it. Watch out Paris.
- The trendy Finnieston area was declared by the Times as the hippest place in Britain.
Jobs in Glasgow – where to start?
So, you’re thinking about moving to this Scottish hub. But how do you go about finding a new job in Glasgow?
Sitting as the second largest city in Scotland (and the fourth largest in the UK), Glasgow is home to over half a million people. And it has more jobs per resident than any other city in the region, cementing its status as an economic hub. In other words, there are plenty of options for workers looking to relocate here.
Resources for job seekers in Glasgow
Want to know what jobs are available in the private sector? Here are a few recruitment agencies to help you get started:
Need some help with your CV or just some general career advice? Take a look here:
And what about working for a charity in Glasgow?
Sure, Glasgow is rich in industry and opportunity for career growth. But what if you’re thinking about working for a charity? With over 2,600 registered charities in Glasgow City alone, there are plenty of organisations to pique your interest. And public support for charities in Scotland is strong, with 91% of the public giving money, goods or time to non-profits in 2018.
If you’re interested in volunteer work, there are several amazing organisations ready to take you on. You can work as a carer, become an advisor, mentor a young person, help out in a charity shop, or take part in many of the local voluntary events throughout the year. For a full list of voluntary opportunities, check out Volunteer Glasgow.
Some major charities based in Glasgow include:
- Hayfield Support Services with Death People
- Meningitis Association Scotland
- Children 1st – Scotland’s National Children’s Charity
- Dyslexia Scotland
- Child Evangelism Fellowship of Britain
Some fantastic local charities include:
Employment market in Glasgow
Owing to its position as the largest area in Scotland, and its wealth of highly skilled workers, Glasgow has been declared an economic powerhouse.
Scotland’s largest city is no longer reliant on its shipping-industrial past, though jobs in these industries are still widely available. Financial services are now a growing area for employment and the city is teaming with opportunities in IT, business services and education amongst others.
Its actively attracting an eclectic mix of business, productivity and innovation, building towards being one of the most diverse and forward-thinking cities in Europe. Some of Glasgow’s more globally competitive sectors include Digital Technology, Low Carbon, Health and Life Science and Creative Industries.
Living in Glasgow
Sitting on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is teeming with stunning parks and peaceful spaces dotted across the city. In other words, you’ll get a wonderful mix of big city life and beautiful UK scenery. But what is it really like to live in this innovative and exciting place?
Compared to many other major cities in the UK and abroad, Glasgow is a fairly cheap place to buy (or rent) property. Of course, prices will vary depending on where you decide to settle down, but here’s a quick overview of housing costs.
|1-bedroom flat in city centre||£450+ pcm|
|1-bedroom flat outside city centre||£350+ pcm|
|3-bedroom flat in city centre||£900+ pcm|
|3-bedroom flat outside city centre||£600+ pcm|
|Average price of detached house||£265,113|
|Average price of semi-detached house||£167,665|
|Average price of terraced house||£171,760|
|Average price of flat||£134,209|
Traffic and travel
Built on a grid system, Glasgow is an easy city to navigate. It’s compact, which means that getting places on foot is a popular option. But if you’re not a big walker, there are plenty of options for public transit.
Trains: Want to travel around the rest of Scotland? That’s easy enough. Glasgow Central Station connects Glasgow to the South, and Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes to Edinburgh and the North. The SPT Roundabout ticket gives you one-day unlimited travel by rail and subway to over a hundred stations in the Greater Glasgow area.
Buses and coaches: The main bus company around town is FirstBus, who have invested over £100 million in new buses and technology for the Greater Glasgow network over the past decade. They operate on over 100 routes across the city, and you can grab a one-week adult pass for £15.50.
What’s happening around town
Glasgow is known as a city whose inhabitants enjoy having a good time. So if you’re looking for nightlife you won’t be disappointed. The Finnieston area hosts a number of cool and quirky bars, but if a local distillery is more your scene then you’ve come to the right place. There are over 120 whiskey distilleries in Scotland alone, many of which are in (or nearby) the Greater Glasgow area. Scots are seasoned drinkers though so be warned not to try and match their drinks.
Outdoors – Aptly nicknamed the ‘dear green place’, Glasgow has more green space per square mile than any other UK city. Loch Lomond is Scotland’s first national park and acts as a gateway into the Highlands. In the summer, Glasgow hosts Scotland’s biggest Pride event, where thousands come out to celebrate LGBT equality.
Sports – Probably unsurprisingly, football is the most popular sport in Scotland, and Glasgow is the home of the Celtic football team. But if football isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other sports to get involved in, like rugby, archery and golf.
Theatre and music – Don’t think that theatre in Scotland is all about Edinburgh. For nine days in August, the Merchant City Festival takes over the heart of Glasgow showcasing art, theatre and comedy. The music scene in Glasgow is also particularly thriving, with world-famous venues like King Tut’s (where Oasis was discovered) and Barrowland (affectionately known as ‘The Barras’). In fact, Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music, hosting as many as 130 music events each week.
Shopping – From big high street brands to vintage wares, there’s something for every budget when it comes to shopping in this city. Most of Glasgow’s stores can be found in the city centre on the Style Mile.
If Glasgow sounds like the place for you, then take a look at what’s available now on CharityJob.