About Us

The Scottish Government is responsible for most issues that affect the daily lives of Scotland’s people – including health, education, justice, culture, rural affairs and transport – and increasingly taxation and economic policy. It lies at the heart of Scotland’s public services and institutions, and has an annual budget of about £30 billion.

We employ more than 5,000 people, at 79 locations across Scotland. Most are civil servants, who are accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament.

What we do

As civil servants our job is to put the Scottish Government’s purpose into action – to build a more prosperous nation with a dynamic, sustainable and inclusive economy, with public services that put people’s needs first, and where every individual has true equality of opportunity.

We do this by delivering the programme set by Scottish Ministers. The Programme for Government both builds on plans to deliver manifesto commitments and sets out fresh policies to continue to improve outcomes for people in Scotland.

These include:

  • phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032
  • establishing a Scottish National Investment Bank to support economic growth
  • doubling investment in walking and cycling
  • reforming education to help close the poverty-related attainment gap
  • lifting the public sector pay cap for our NHS and other public sector workers
  • making it a national objective to end rough sleeping

People who work for the Scottish Government are part of the civil service. We are professionals who support the elected government make a positive impact on the lives of everyone in Scotland. We carry out a wide range of diverse roles including strategic, operational, policy, management and specialist roles across the length and breadth of the country. We cover everything from business to culture to health, sport, education and agriculture and lots more.

We are committed to delivering for the people of Scotland. We’re developing a diverse, high performing workforce that will ensure our policies and services reflect the needs and experiences of the people we serve. For us, how we deliver is just as important as what we deliver.

How we work

We support the Ministers who lead Scotland, and aim to lead by example in the way we work.

This includes:

  • supporting our people to work at their best–our staff as our most important resource, and our commitment to supporting them has been recognised with a Gold Investors in People Award
  • collaborating with others – working with the individuals and communities we serve across Scotland, building on their strengths and ours
  • being ambitious for Scotland – aiming high and ensuring we make a difference by measuring our progress
  • constantly improving – always working on how we can do things better
  • valuing difference – treating everyone fairly and with respect.

Our values

At the heart are our core values of honesty, integrity, impartiality and integrity. In more detail, these mean:

  • Integrity – putting the obligations of public service above personal interests.
  • Honesty – being truthful and open.
  • Objectivity – basing advice and decisions on rigorous analysis of the evidence.
  • Impartiality – acting solely according to the merits of the case and serving governments of different political parties equally well.

Furthermore, we are an inclusive organisation committed to ensuring that everyone can be themselves at work.

This is an exciting time to be working for the Scottish Government. With an interesting economic climate combined with increasing business expectations, such as the continued increases to the powers held by the Scottish Parliament and preparing for the UK’s exit of the European Union, mean that the world in which we work is continually evolving and creating new opportunities for us to thrive.

In 2018 we are seeking skilled people to join us in a variety of roles across the full Scottish Government. This intake is for the our Band B grade, and generally this is the first formal level of line management; however some posts have no line management responsibilities.

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