Media Release: Local businesses partner together in bid to display vast range of career opportunities within the Highlands


HIJOBS receives support from Marine Harvest to help those in rural communities find employment

Local business, HIJOBS – an online portal to help jobseekers find employment in rural communities – has partnered with Marine Harvest Scotland in a bid to raise awareness of the career opportunities on the doorsteps of local people.

Spanning rural locations in Scotland, in particular in the Highlands and Islands, HIJOBS connects candidates with employers and enables them to stay in more secluded locations without sacrificing career potential.

Says a spokesperson: “Marine Harvest is the largest salmon farming company in Scotland, producing more than 48,000 tonnes of salmon last year.

“Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it has grown from its original home at Lochailort to become a major employer in the Western Highlands and Islands.”

Commenting on the partnership, Laura Saunders, commercial lead at HIJOBS, said: “We are really excited to be working with Marine Harvest.

“Having one of the largest aquaculture companies in the world listing up to ten jobs at any one time on the HIJOBS platform, all in the local area, demonstrates that there is something for everyone in the Highlands in terms of career variation. We are also proud to work so closely with a Living Wage Accredited Employer.”

Marine Harvest Scotland managing director, Alan Sutherland, commented: “Salmon farming is a major success story for Scotland. People often mistakenly think the jobs we offer are fairly straightforward manual jobs, but that’s no longer the case.

“Some of our jobs are very technical and complex and we have a wide range of different jobs within the company – at the last count we had more than 74 different posts. They vary from environmental specialists to accountants, as well as those based on the farms.

“We employ more than 600 people across all our sites and facilities and this number is increasing with the expansion of our processing plant.

“We’re delighted to be working with a local company to recruit staff and help sustain jobs and communities in some of the most economically fragile parts of the UK.”

HIJOBS have a database of over 650 employers who regularly post job vacancies and we encourage anyone searching for a job or considering a move to a more rural location to see what great opportunities are on offer.


Notes to editors:

HIJOBS connects candidates with employers in rural communities across Scotland, giving those living out with more populated areas the best possible employment opportunities.

Employers can upload job vacancies on a one-off or monthly basis from as little as £20-50. All job vacancies are automatically posted to Hijob’s social media channels, quickly alerting candidates to new opportunities.

All new employers can take advantage of a 14-day free trial. Candidates can register for the service free of charge, upload their CV and search job openings by sector or location.

About Marine Harvest

• Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd is the largest salmon farming company in Scotland, producing more than 48,000 tonnes in 2014.

• Marine Harvest was the first company in Scotland to farm Atlantic salmon and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It produced its first fish in 1971.

• The company has four hatcheries, five freshwater loch sites and 47 sea farms, situated in the Western Isles, Skye, Argyll, Wester Ross and Lochaber. Live fish are harvested at Mallaig and processed at the Blar Mhor processing plant in Fort William.

• More than 600 staff are employed at these sites.

• In 2014, a new Marine Harvest salmon processing plant at Rosyth opened, producing a range of value added salmon products for the consumer market.

• Marine Harvest holds the Royal Warrant for the supply of fresh farmed salmon to Her Majesty the Queen.

• The company has held the prestigious Label Rouge quality accreditation in France since 1992.

• The main markets for Marine Harvest fresh salmon are the UK, France, USA, Poland and China.

• All Marine Harvest Farms, their harvest station and processing plant are audited and approved under the RSPCA Freedom Food animal welfare scheme.

• A new salmon smolt hatchery at Lochailort was opened in 2013 by the then First Minister Alex Salmond. The £16m facility is part of an £80m investment programme over five years.

For further information about HIJOBS, please contact Laura Saunders

07733 377399

For further information about Marine Harvest, please contact Jayne Mackay

07717 802370

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Contact: Laura Saunders
Phone: 07733377399