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    Jobs on Islay

    Hi all
    I'm after a bit of information on the job market on Islay. I'm due out of the RAF in about a years time and the wife has fallen for a house on Islay. I'm an aircraft avionics tech, and by the time I'll be out I'll be a qulified domestic electrician. I can turn my hand to almost anything, I just want to know if I'll be able to get a job if we did move up there.

    Any ideas or advice would help.

    Regards
    Craig

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    Maybe think about getting onto the Oil Rigs out of Aberdeen, quite a few of the guys live out on the western isles. One of my Collegues is ex RAF avionics. Generally 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geordie_3 View Post
    Hi all
    I'm after a bit of information on the job market on Islay. I'm due out of the RAF in about a years time and the wife has fallen for a house on Islay. I'm an aircraft avionics tech, and by the time I'll be out I'll be a qulified domestic electrician. I can turn my hand to almost anything, I just want to know if I'll be able to get a job if we did move up there.

    Any ideas or advice would help.

    Regards
    Craig
    No you'll not get a job on . The locals can't get jobs there or housing ,most islanders can and do turn there hand to anything, it's only the incomers that can't ,you'll find the only thing the incomers are good at is pushing the price of housing through the roof, and only living in there property for a fortnight a year .

    Get a job as a spark learn about domestic electrical work in civvies street .

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    Throughly helpful for a chap on the look out for a new future. 'Incomers' pushing up property prices isn't experienced in Islay alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by widows son View Post
    No you'll not get a job on . The locals can't get jobs there or housing ,most islanders can and do turn there hand to anything, it's only the incomers that can't ,you'll find the only thing the incomers are good at is pushing the price of housing through the roof, and only living in there property for a fortnight a year .

    Get a job as a spark learn about domestic electrical work in civvies street .
    Thanks for your help there, I wasn't aware that it was a local island for local people.

    I thought it might have been obvious from my earlier post that I am intending to live AND work there with my family. After 21 years of having to turning my hand to anything that is put infront of me and in most cases to do it to avaition standards. My trade is avionics but that is far from the only thing thatI have to offer.

    Thanks for your input though.

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    Not a lot of job oppertunities on the islands,most young islanders have to leave to get work.
    I have worked on a few of the western islands and islanders can be unwelcoming to incomers, remember its not just you but your family you have to think about, do a bit more research before taking the plunge.

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    I know we need to do a lot more research, this thread on here is part of that research.

    We are wanting to put down roots after years of moving from pillar to post and are willing to work hard to intergrate with the community that we settle in. I know from my experience over the years that we'll never "belong the village" as my grandma would say, but I know that we have a lot to offer any community that we end up settling in.

    Most of the advice I'm getting is helpful, but we need to look harder at things before we commit to anything.

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    I would go and rent for a few months during the summer holidays or try a winter first etc.

    The North West of Scotland is not a place of great employment or enterprise. Lovely to visit but not to stay unless you like crofting. My neighbour is from Islay and i live in south glasgow, that speaks volumes IMHO.

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    I don't think that it's going to be an easy option, if it's practical at all. It's seeming rather disheartening the more I look into it the less practical it's looking.

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    I'm from Stirling originally but I lived and worked on an Island close to Islay for a few years though this was in construction and mainly on the mainland anywere from Campbelltown to Oban as required( a lot of travel) turning to work on fishfarms and boats when things were slack(minimum wage). It was hard going, though the community did welcome the children as it helps the headcount and so maintain the demand for schools,ferries etc.
    As has been said before, its hard there for anyone and as anywere else work is limited and competition in the labour market not always welcomed. Don't wish to sound off putting its just the facts. ATB

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