Facts and Literature

Aberdeen has been ranked as one of the UK's most competitive cities


Growth Factors

  • Aberdeen City and Shire's GDP is estimated at over £11.4billion - 17% of the overall Scottish GDP
  • One of the lowest unemployment rates in Scotland at 2.3% - significantly lower than the Scottish and UK averages
  • Aberdeen's employment rate (77.9%) increased by 2.4% from 2011 to 2012, making it the 2nd highest UK city for employment rate
  • Aberdeen is one of the top cities for highest earnings growth in 2012
  • GVA per head of population is £28,731 - 38% above the Scottish average
  • Highest rates of domestic broadband uptake - 74%

 Aberdeen is the centre of the UK's oil and gas industry which has extracted 40 billion barrels of North Sea oil


Energy - Our Future

  • Europe's Energy Capital - home to 900+ energy companies resulting in up to 40,000 related jobs
  • Approximately 24 billion barrels of oil are still to be recovered
  • The Energetica 30mile corridor aims to create the world's greatest concentration of energy technology companies, housing and leisure facilities between Aberdeen and Peterhead
  • Held in Aberdeen every two years, Offshore Europe is the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America, attracting over 48,000 oil and gas professionals and more than 1,497 exhibitors
  • Oil and Gas contributes 25% to the UK Treasury's Corporation Tax
  • Aberdeen has the greatest concentration of subsea engineering and operational experience in the world
  • The University of Aberdeen's Oceanlab is the first purpose-built ocean LANDER laboratory in the world
  • Europe's leading centre for hyperbaric testing, training and research is located in Aberdeen
  • The Robert Gordon University launched the UK's first degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project will see up to 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses operated within the City



  • Aberdeen International Airport handles 3.1million passengers every year and has business connections with over 40 UK and European destinations
  • Aberdeen International Airport's investment and economic contribution for the next ten years will total £57million. Recent developments have included the 124m runway extension and a £5million parking deck
  • Aberdeen has Europe's busiest commercial heliport
  • Aberdeen Harbour dealt with 4.76 million tonnes of imports and exports, producing a turnover of £24.07million
  • The harbour contributes £420million to the local economy and provides 11,000 jobs
  • A £65million development strategy by Aberdeen Harbour Board is currently underway to improve the port
  • The Hydrogen Bus project will be the first deployment in Scotland and the largest fleet of hydrogen buses in a European city
  • Running 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses in Aberdeen on the proposed routes could potentially save up to 1 tonne of CO2 per year - This could equate to the size of 4 baby elephants!
  • The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is a new route being developed to improve traffic flow in and around Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland. It is due for completion in 2018



Five of Scotland's top ten businesses are based in Aberdeen with a collective turnover of £14billion, yielding a profit in excess of £2.4billion


Global Investment

  • 29 of Scotland's top 100 businesses are located in Aberdeen
  • 20,000 people are employed in the tourism industry

The new ABZ Business Park located next to the airport will provide 54 acres of vital commercial, industrial and development land


Our Vision - Investment Projects

  • Aberdeen City Council are key partners in the Low Carbon Regions in the North Sea (LOWCAP) project, which is already leading the way in seeking sustainable and low carbon solutions for energy use
  • The EU has awarded a grant of €40million for the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre which will place the north east and Scotland at the forefront of the burgeoning global offshore wind industry
  • Aberdeen has been named as a successful bidder for a share of the £50million Super Connected Cities Funding - hugely improved broadband speeds of 80mbps and 4G wifi will help to secure jobs, investment and new business growth
  • THE CORE is a 100 acre development aiming to be one of the most energy efficient, low carbon business communities in the UK located at the gateway to the Energetica Corridor
  • Aberdeen University's new £57million Sir Duncan Rice Library is the largest capital fundraising project undertaken by the University to date
  • The Robert Gordon University's new £170million Garthdee Campus development will provide students and the local community with some of the best facilities in the UK
  • NHS Grampian's new £91million Emergency Care Centre opened in 2012 and maximises energy efficiency and contributes to NHS Grampian's carbon reduction targets