Edinburgh is a magnet for employees from outside the local authority area. In 2011, 47.2% of journeys to work from Midlothian were to Edinburgh compared with East Lothian (41.5%), West Lothian (24.1%) and the Scottish Borders (9.3%). Of employees living in the city, 88.3% travelled to work in the local authority area.
Midlothian is a net exporter of commuters. In 2011, 44.2% of its resident employees travelled to work in the local authority area. 98.1% of Midlothian will be covered by next generation broadband by 2017.
The Scottish Borders is a relatively self-contained area for commuting. In 2011, 84.4% of its resident employees travelled to work in the local authority area. Next generation broadband has been rolled out in Galashiels, Tweedbank and Melrose and is being rolled out across the rest of the central Borders as part of a programme ending in 2017.