A general trend of migration to the capital has boosted the area’s working-age population and is a central factor to Edinburgh’s growth. The city is powered by a well educated and trained workforce, particularly in the financial and professional sectors with over 52,800 people employed in this area. This abundant talent base, drawn by Edinburgh’s much hailed quality of life and environment, is a key attraction for employers and investors.
Thanks to the capital’s outstanding higher education establishments, students account for much of this migration and provide a vital supply of skilled labour.
The success of Edinburgh's workforce was highlighted when the city was named Financial Times fDi Magazine’s "Best Mid-Sized European City of the Future" and "Best Foreign Direct Investment Strategy (Mid-Sized City)" for 2014/15.