Your questions answered.

So, what's it like to work at Cairn?

Cairn is an open and friendly place to work. What makes us different from other companies is our pioneering spirit – Cairn has an entrepreneurial culture. We trust the people we employ and empower them to use their initiative and run with their ideas. This is an innovative company where the right people can thrive and be rewarded.

What opportunities will I have to develop my career?

We empower our people to reach their potential. As part of our support, we'll provide plenty of training and learning opportunities to help people make the most of their career. 

From opportunities to learn on the job through day-to-day tasks, project work and secondments to developing technical and behavioural skills by attending training courses, our people have the tools at their disposal to make the most of their development.

What benefits can I expect?

As well as a competitive salary, the rewarding benefits package at Cairn includes a substantial pension contribution, a discretionary performance bonus, a share incentive plan, life insurance and private medical cover.

We also believe strongly in a work-life balance so you’ll have 24 days’ annual leave (plus public holidays) and the option to take an additional 12 days of flexi-leave per year. We also offer a gym and fitness allowance and a relocation package should you be moving to Edinburgh.

Do you pay interview expenses?

In line with company policy, we will reimburse candidates for interview expenses.

Will I get to travel?

With global assets and offices in various locations around the world, our people do sometimes have to travel, based on business need.

What is Cairn’s carbon footprint?

We believe in and act on our responsibility to care for people, the environment and society.

One of our key principles is to minimise our carbon footprint. Since 2000, we have monitored our emissions and set targets to reduce them. We have implemented a number of initiatives across our operations to limit our emissions including:

  • Using produced gas to fuel boilers and steam for power generation and heating
  • Installing renewable energy sources at various offshore platforms
  • Green initiatives at offices.

The Responsibility section of our website has more information on our climate change strategy and air emissions.

View our Responsibility section

What are the recommended areas of Edinburgh to live in?

Edinburgh is a fantastic city in which to live and work. With an abundance of green spaces, museums and galleries, sports facilities and award-winning bars and restaurants, there is something for everyone. And everything is within walking distance no matter what part of Edinburgh you choose to live in.

Each part of Edinburgh has its own unique vibe. Villages and towns have slowly been absorbed into the city as it spread out from the castle and the different areas retain their own distinct character.

Find out about each area of Edinburgh

City centre living is popular among young professionals while those with families tend to choose areas slightly out of the centre. Many young professionals enjoy Stockbridge for its bohemian vibe or New Town, given its proximity to the city centre. Bruntsfield and Leith are also popular. Within five to ten miles of the city centre, you will find Morningside, Portobello, Corstorphine and Barnton, to name a few. Slightly further afield, but within easy access of the city centre, are beautiful coastal villages in Fife and East Lothian.

What are the schools like in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh has some of Scotland's top state schools and twelve of Scotland’s 22 private schools are also in this area.  Edinburgh also provides a good choice of nursery schools and world-class universities.