Gallery - Live and work


Sanday is an amazing place to live, with a very easy going way of life. The beaches are fabulous, accommodation to rent and buy is very well priced, incomers are welcomed and there is an active social scene for those that like to get involved.  
Many islanders have set up local businesses offering goods and services. However, with regards to employment, things tend to be a little different to what is considered normal elsewhere.

Those that are employed often have a couple of small jobs rather than one main job. Some island businesses offer employment, mostly part-time. Much of Sanday is agricultural land and there is nearly always farm work available for those who are willing to work hard. The fish farm operated by Scottish Sea Farms, located off the neighbouring island of Eday, also provides employment for Sanday residents
Another option to consider is homeworking handling calls or doing online chat, facebook, etc. The central area of the island has reasonable broadband and there is a growing trend towards this sort of work on the island. Whilst homeworking has received negative press in the past, residents are successfully able to 'make a living' from this type of work when employed by reputable firms. 

Current Employment Vacancies on Sanday

Retained Firefighters 
Relief Home Carers
Teacher of Social Subjects

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - Sanday Fire Brigade

The Sanday station is looking to recruit four retained firefighters in order to have the Sanday Community Fire Station fully staffed. There is no maximum age limit and the roles are open to all genders.

For an informal chat regarding applying to become a retained firefighter, contact Raymond Brown, Sanday Station Watch Manager.

Applications to join SFRS are made online. Visit the myjobscotland website.  

Relief Islands Home Carer (Sanday) - Orkney Health and Care

Orkney Health and Care's Home Care Section is an essential front line service providing care and support for vulnerable individuals enabling them to live as independently in their own home for as long as possible. The type of support provided is individualised and tasks undertaken can include meal preparation, medication assistance and personal care such as showering or bathing.

As a relief carer, you would hopefully have previous experience of working in social care; however ongoing training to develop and maintain your skills will be provided. Applicants must be willing to work anywhere within the island on which you live and your own transport is essential. A mileage allowance is payble for work related journeys. The posts are subject to PVG Scheme Protected Adults.

Applications can be made online. Visit the myjobscotland website, quoting ref ORK1319. Alternatively, contact OIC customer services on 01856 873 535 to request an application form. For an informal chat, contact Rachel Ware - Operational Manager on 01856 888 390.

Teacher of Social Subjects - Sanday Junior High School

Sanday Community School is an exciting, dynamic place to teach, with an enthusiastic and skilled team who are committed to improvement and excellence. Our school is the "Heart, Soul and Future of our Island Community" and we take this responsibility very seriously.

As a teacher working at Sanday School you will have the opportunity to work with a diverse age range of pupils, as our school welcomes pupils from 3 – 16 years of age. You will be expected to deliver high quality learning experiences for pupils in S1 – 4 ensuring that the pupils can attain the very highest of qualifications. Teachers at Sanday School need a high degree of flexibility and the ability to work independently.

For more details on the school, visit For more details about living and working on Sanday as a teacher, please take a look at the booklet: Sanday living and working as a teacher

Prospective applicants are warmly invited to discuss the post by contacting the Head Teacher, Wendy Bowen tel: 01857 600 228 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This post is subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in respect of regulated work with children. You must be registered, or in the process of registering, with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

For full details of the position and to submit an application, visit:

Closing date: Sunday 5th March 2017.