Forget images of remote islands

Orkney is well served by superb modern transport links

Forget the idea of a few people in the middle of no-where - Orkney is home to over 20,000 people.

Orkney may bring to mind certain images, but the chances are they are, to say the least, a little off the mark. Sure, we're a bit off the beaten track, but the needs of our community are just the same as anywhere else. And, as a result, the opportunities we can offer you are comparable with those you'll find elsewhere. Of course, there are a few differences: for starters Orkney consists of 100,000 hectares spread over 70+ small islands (19 of which are inhabited), so, like our service users, you'll need to make the most of the transportation links which are vital to Orkney's social and economic well-being.

Orkney Islands Council may be the smallest local authority in Scotland, but we can offer some big challenges. And big opportunities. This could be your big chance to make the move, and make a difference.


Covid 19 Update

Orkney Islands Council will continue to advertise vacancies at present. However, we anticipate delays in notifying candidates of outcomes of applications and would appreciate your patience. We will also be reviewing how we carrying out pre-employment checks and will provide further information to successful candidates as applications progress.

All interviews will be carried out by either video or telephone conferencing.

We will be utilising myjobscotland for candidate communication as much as possible and would ask you to pay particular attention for emails from the email address. Regularly check your junk folders as well as your inbox.

Please note the above is subject to change in line with National Guidance as and when it is received.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our HR Support team on Please note, we will endeavor to respond in 3 working days wherever possible.