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We're a forward-thinking, innovative and award-winning organisation that thrives on investing in our employees.


Who are we?

We are the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland.

Our unique integration of economic and community development is central to our success in generating sustainable economic growth in every part of the Highlands and Islands, particularly in remote areas.

Our three priorities are to: build successful, productive and resilient businesses; create the conditions for growth and a green recovery; and enable strong, capable and resourceful communities. We help build a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economy across the Highlands and Islands to attract more people to live, work, study, invest and visit.

We have administrative offices in Inverness, Benbecula and Auchtertyre as well as local area offices in Forres, Fort William, Thurso, Golspie, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Stornoway, Lochgilphead and Portree.


HIE is accredited as a Real Living Wage employer and supports a number of national initiatives ranging from demonstrating commitment to the Social Impact Pledge, the Armed Forces Covenant, encouraging volunteering and engaging in the Digital Public Services agenda.

We also committed to meeting Investors in People, Carer Positive and Disability Confident standards, developing the young workforce and supporting the Young Person’s Guarantee as well as being recognised nationally as an award-winning family friendly employer by Family Friendly Working Scotland, Carers Scotland, Working Families UK and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

The Fair Work Convention’s vision is that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and communities. We are committed to providing a workplace that is built on the five key dimensions of Fair Work: effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect.

What's it like to work for HIE?

Hear more about HIE and what we do, as well as what it's like to work here from some of our colleagues. Watch our video (click left).

What it's like to work and live in the Highlands and Islands

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