Why work in building standards

Work/life balance suits Linda's commitments

Working part-time for most of her 30 year career with us allowed her to balance family commitments.

The one thing I really love about my job …

the variety of work we get involved in.

Why I love working in Edinburgh's building standards team

One day you can be looking at an alteration in a flat and the next working on a new school or a listed historic building. Each day is different and every working day is a wee bit like a ‘doors open day’ as we are involved in so many different properties and projects all over the city. I enjoy working with both the public and a wide range of professionals.

What’s great about working for the council?

When I started with the council I had an ONC in Building and I’m now a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. I’ve worked part time for 2.5 days a week since I had my children (23 years ago!). The Council also offers flexitime, mobile and home working which means you can have a great work/life balance.

I cycle to work so make use of the secure cycle parking and showers. But the office is very central, adjacent to the train station and well-served by buses so there are options for everyone.

What’s great about living here

I’ve lived in Edinburgh all my life and love the abundant green spaces, hidden closes in the old town, our very own beach at Portobello. I love how compact and easy to get around but also how quick it is to get out into the surrounding countryside. It is a vibrant city with a fantastic range of restaurants, bars cafes, museums and galleries perfect for going out after work or at weekends. It’s a great place for families with a wonderful mix of schooling both independent and state schools to choose from.

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