Area Information

Moray's workforce

Moray has a growing population. In 2011 census shows an increase to 93,000 people resident in Moray. 

The area has access to an even wider labour pool. There are 236,000 people within a one hour drive of Elgin.

Jobs in the public sector, including the RAF, account for 34% of the working population and have a major influence on the economic health of the region.

Average wage levels are 13 % below the Scottish average and 16% lower than UK levels.

Moray has developed concentrated activity in particular areas including tourism, food and drink, life sciences and

  • Food and drink manufacturers employ 10% of Moray's workforce.
  • Manufacturing is significant in Moray, supporting 17% of the workforce compared to 8% for Scotland as a whole. The high proportion of workers in skilled trades also shows the importance of manufacturing and construction locally.
  • Employment in professional, scientific and technical activities now number over 8,300 individuals.
  • Tourism accounts for 7.5% of the workforce, again higher than the Scottish and UK averages. 

Moray has 85% of its working age population in employment which is higher than the Scottish average (80%).

Skills, recruitment and salaries

Moray has a strong educational base. There are eight secondary schools in Moray which in 2008 produced 1,242 school leavers. Some 89% went on to further / higher education or to gain employment - above the Scottish average of 82%.


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