Contracting in Glasgow

Glasgow is located to the west of Scotland on the River Clyde and is the country’s largest city, at the heart of one of the UK’s principal metropolitan areas. Its population is around 1.2m with a large catchment area that provides an easy commute for a further 500,000 people.

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It was recently voted as sixth in the Top 10 rankings for the Best City to Locate a Business Today, beating Edinburgh by two places. The traditional friendliness and openness of the people ensure that all people who are new to the area are guaranteed a warm welcome.

The Edinburgh and Glasgow region is not only stunningly beautiful, but it also has a growing economy and global reputation for cultural excellence. All of which makes it an irresistible place in which to live and work.

Only 46 miles apart, or 50 minutes by train, and located in Scotland’s Central Belt, the two cities and their surrounding areas have a combined population of 3.2 million. They also have an established commitment to collaboration, aimed at enabling the two cities to compete more effectively on the world stage. And with countryside and coast in such easy reach, both offer a very high quality of life.

Major Industries

Finance & Banking

Public Administration

Science & Technology



Being a contractor in Glasgow


  • It has the largest retail centre and public transport network outside London
  • Excellent transport links and short travel-to-work times
  • It's also easy to get to and from by road, rail and air


  • A perception of being a little ‘tougher’ than other cities
  • Some areas in need of renovation
  • May seem isolated

Typical Rates of Pay

Typical rates of pay for contractors vary depending on individual skill-sets, but as a guide, an IT Project Manager in a Glasgow-based job could expect to earn around £350 to £400 per day, whilst a less specialised contractor might expect to command a day rate of around £300 to £350.

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