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 Airfield Attendant 
Development and Support Officer


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 Scottish Fire and Rescur Service are made online. Visit the myjobscotland website.  

Relief Airfield Attendant - Orkney Islands Council

Applications are invited from self-motivated individuals who can provide, on a relief basis, cover for holiday and sickness absence when requested and available. A condition of this post is that you will be resident in Sanday as you will be required to respond at short notice and during evening/weekends.

Duties will include airfield attendant, rescue and fire fighting services while receiving and dispatching flights to the Island Airfield. The service includes baggage handling, preparing and if necessary operating the fire tender, maintaining apron control, keeping the airfield building clean and tidy, operating the phone/radio transmitter, inspecting runways and airfield in general. In an emergency you will provide rescue and fire fighting and first aid services as required.

A full current driving licence is required.

Prospective applicants are invited to discuss the post by contacting Malcolm Parsons, Airfield Superintendent/Technician on 873535 extension 2305.

Closing Date: Sunday 20 August 2017

Application to join the team are made online via the myjobscotland website.

Development and Support Officer - THAW Orkney

THAW Orkney are looking to recruit a Development and Support Officer for the WellBeing Orkney project, either on a full time or job share basis - applications from Sanday and the isles are particularly welcomed.

The successful candidate will ideally have experience and skills in supporting vulnerable households, have excellent interpersonal and communication abilities at all levels and be able to travel throughout Orkney if required.

To request information and an application pack please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to the Manager, THAW Orkney, 15 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1DN and indicate whether you require an electroniv version emailed or paper copy posted to you. More details on the role are available towards the bottom of the homepage of the THAW Orkney website.

Closing Date: Thursday 17 August 2017