Our people and skills

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Our people

Outside of London, no region in the UK has a higher average level of education.

In fact, Scotland’s world-renowned education system and impressive ratio of graduates per capita surpasses most countries of comparable size in Europe. So you will access a highly-educated, skilled-workforce by locating your business in Scotland. And we will be there to guide you in the process.

And Scottish workers aren’t just well-educated. Our workforce is stable and dependable, with a low turnover too.

Why I picked Scotland’s workforce

Stephen Flaherty has lived in Luxembourg, New York, Hong Kong and London but he would always come back to Scotland.

Why invest in Scotland? The primary reason... is talent.

Stephen Flaherty, Managing Director of J.P. Morgan
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Culture of research, innovation and creativity

There is a long history of innovation, discovery and invention in Scotland.

Access to world-leading engineers and scientists has encouraged many companies to locate their R&D facilities in Scotland. Although Scotland has less than 0.1% of our population within research, we generate 1.8% of the world's academic research citations.

We also have a talent attraction scheme which aims to bring skilled individuals to Scotland, so you'll gain a high-skilled, well-qualified and motivated workforce by locating here.

Academic connections

Take advantage of our close connections to the best academic institutions, in Scotland and abroad.

Scotland has 19 higher education institutes with the highest concentration of universities in Europe.

These higher education institutes work with over 26,000 companies every year to turn R&D into new products.

All of Scotland's universities have been recognised as producing innovative research, and 77% of all research in Scottish institutions has been graded as world-leading or internationally excellent.

A long history of innovation, discovery and invention and access to skilled engineers and scientists has encouraged many companies to locate their R&D facilities in Scotland.

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