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A NEW job opportuntiy has opened up – and it just happens to be in one of Scotland’s most idyllic locations.

Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) is looking for an air traffic controller on the stunning island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.

The beach at Liniclate, Benbecula, Outer Hebrides


The beach at Liniclate, Benbecula, Outer HebridesCredit: P.Tomkins / VisitScotland
An aerial shot of Benbecula


An aerial shot of Benbecula

The role comes with a starting salary of just under £28,000 and no previous experience is required.

The successful candidate must also be at least 18 years old and pass strict medical criteria, set out by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Benbecula is part of the Western Isles and linked by causeways to its neighbouring islands of North and South Uist, and is home to around 1,200 people.

The island is famed for its stunning white sandy beaches and dunes.

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Meanwhile its moorland and lochs are teeming with wildlife, especially birds of prey such hen harriers, short-eared owls and merlins.

Recruiters say the job is the perfect opportunity for a career-starter or career-changer looking for a fresh challenge.

The position offers a starting training salary of £27,943 to £41,298, increasing to £46,281 and £56,700 once fully qualified.

Laura Saunders, commercial director and founder of HiJOBS said: “As demonstrated by HiJOBS recent research, almost three quarters of Scots fantasise about starting a new life on Scotland’s stunning coast or countryside. This role will not only enable the successful candidate to do that, but they will also be taking the first steps in an incredibly rewarding career path in aviation. What more could you want.”

Jamie Beatson, an air traffic controller, who trained and now works at HIAL’s Dundee Airport said: “The good thing about the job is that no two days are the same. We can go from one moment shuttling a few light aircraft round the vicinity to suddenly having a rush of jet traffic. You’re kept on your toes every day.”

Last month, a new study revealed Benbecula to be the happiest place to live in Scotland.

The Office for National Statistics holds information on how happy each part of the UK is.

The list of things the happiness indicator is measured by includes personal well-being, relationships, health, personal finance and the environment.

To find out more about what it’s like to work at HIAL, visit the HIAL Careers page for further information. 

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