1. When did you move to Scotland?
April 2014. I moved firstly to a town called Melrose before moving to Edinburgh in April of this year (2015). I had
a friend in Melrose that I could stay with but I realised after meeting Samantha at Contract Scotland in February
that I was going to struggle to find a job there, especially without my own transport.
When I moved from Spain I didn’t have a job, my plan was to start looking for any kind of job as soon as I arrived,
whether it was in construction or not. I secured a job in a hotel firstly in Melrose which allowed me to improve my
English and then when I moved to Edinburgh I found myself another hotel position until finally securing the
position I am in now through Contract Scotland.
2. What is it like living in Scotland?
Life is good, the economy is better, construction companies work well and they look after their employees much
better than in Spain with the current situation, for example salary packages, benefits, work/life balance etc. Also
the employment contracts are more respected in Scottish construction than in Spain. My quality of life is better, I
can now do things I couldn’t do in Spain, I can go on holiday and buy things I couldn’t buy before. Only bad thing
is the weather, it’s not as good as Spain but I knew I was moving to a colder country so I was expecting it and I
3. Is it what you had been expecting? If not, What hadn’t you expected?
Yes, I was prepared for it. Melrose was a small town and there was little social life which I had expected but
once I had earned some money I moved to Edinburgh and I have found somewhere I really like.
4. How easy was it to find accommodation?
When I moved to Melrose I stayed with a friend and then when I moved to Edinburgh I found a room in a flat
within 1 day. I found it very easy.
5. How does the cost of living compare to Spain?
The cost of living is much higher but the pay is better so it is balanced. The rent is more expensive than Tenerife
as well but again because I am working it’s fine, it was fine both when I was working in the hotel and now in my
6. Did you relocate alone or with family?
Alone. I knew I was going to be alone, I prepared myself so it wasn’t hard for me, it’s been great.
7. How long did the full process take of relocating?
I moved from Spain to Melrose in 1 day and after living there for nearly 1 year I decided to move
to Edinburgh and again that only took 1 day to move as well.
8. What has been the most positive experience to date?
Finding a job in my profession has been my best experience, which Contract Scotland helped me to do. I set a
goal for myself to go to Scotland to find a job in construction and with Contract Scotland’s help I did it. It has all
been a great experience making new friends.
9. What was your experience of sourcing a job before working with Contract Scotland?
I was searching on the internet and sending my CV straight to companies but I wasn’t ever successful,
it didn’t seem to get me anywhere. I registered with Contract Scotland in February 2015 and met with
Samantha before she left for Spain in March, they helped me adapt my CV and learn what role I fitted
into within Scottish Construction. Then in June of this year I found myself with an offer of a permanent
job with my current company after Contract Scotland had arranged for a trial week with them.
10. Did you try to source a job before relocating to Scotland or did you wait until you arrived here?
I didn’t try before moving to Scotland, I started to apply for jobs once I got here, I wanted to
improve my English.
11. What does your role involve?
My role is Assistant Engineer, I work with an Engineer and I learn from him every day. I have now started doing
things alone as well.
12. When you started with the employer Contract Scotland placed you with, can you describe how you settled into working with a UK company?
At the beginning, it was difficult to pick everything up and understanding how everything works but it took 1 week
to learn the necessary things to allow me to start learning and building on what I already knew from Spain.
13. What difficulties did you come across and how have you addressed them?
Main difficulty was the English as I wasn’t familiar with some technical words and because of the pace on site I
found myself struggling to keep up initially
14. Was there anything you felt you were already familiar with due to your studies?
The basics are the same but there are still a lot of differences, however once you learn the differences and how
they apply to what you already know then everything falls into place.
15. Would you recommend relocating to Scotland for work with construction? For those Considering it, would you recommend working with Contract Scotland?
Yes, definitely. I have a better quality of life now and because I am earning I can return to Spain for holidays.
Contract Scotland helped me find a job in my profession when I couldn’t myself, I would work with them again
and recommend to others.