Industries & Sectors
Fife’s economic landscape is incredibly varied. Within commuting distance for a million people, there are plenty of careers to choose from within the region.
The industries listed represent Fife’s key sectors, as well as career opportunities in Scotland.
Fife is working hard to position itself as a centre of excellence for renewable and green energies. In order to maximise the potential of the natural environment, the strategy is to create sustainable economic growth in this developing area, including in offshore wind, wave, tidal and fuel cell technologies.
Business and financial services
Fife has a long history within the financial and business services sector. With over 19,000 people across Fife employed in this sector, it encompasses financial intermediation, contact and service centres, real estate and property services.
Construction is a significant contributor to the economy and there are a number of major house-builders and construction companies located in Fife.
Construction jobs in Fife in the pipeline include the building of the new Forth crossing, affordable housing and new works for Diageo in Leven.
Manufacturing and engineering
Manufacturing and engineering remains a specialist core strength in Fife. Although heavy manufacturing has declined in the area in recent years, it has been succeeded by 'Silicon Glen' - the high tech sector based around electronics. An area of growth has been recognised in the software development industry and electronics design, and there are IT jobs in Fife.
Tourism is a large employer in the region, and a key source of revenue. Bringing in around £274m annually and supporting over 13,000 jobs, tourism maintains 800 businesses and is an area set to grow.
Famously the home of golf, Fife also offers a stunning coastline with award-winning beaches and picturesque villages. The landscape holds vivid reminders of Fife’s history with castles, palaces and abbeys. With great visitor attractions and outdoor activities, award-winning restaurants and easy connections to the rest of Scotland, Fife is a first class visitor destination.