How do I apply?

This recruitment campaign is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications. If you’re interested in working for Scottish Government you can find out about our current vacancies here

If you’re interested in working for Scottish Government you can find the application form here.

Candidates are required to upload their CV detailing their work experience and all qualifications held. Candidates will also be asked for a personal statement setting out how they meet the essential criteria detailed in the vacancy advert.

The first stage of assessment for applicants is to complete three online tests. Successful candidates will be invited to the second stage; an assessment and interview centre.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from individuals who hold a minimum of 3 SCQF Highers or equivalent. If you have doubt please contact us to discuss.

If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the required qualifications your application will be automatically sifted out.

Civil Service Nationality Rules mean that we may only accept applications from British and Commonwealth citizens, and European Economic Area (EEA), Swiss and Turkish nationals.

You must have the right to work in the UK. Further details on immigration and security clearance can be found here

What is the application process?

CV Application

You can upload your CV here.

Online Tests

All candidates who apply and meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to complete an online test. This test will assess numerical ability.

Candidates who successfully pass the numerical test will then be invited to complete a test to assess verbal ability.

You’ll be able to complete the tests at home or wherever you have internet access. Both tests will be available for 7 days from the day invitations are sent and must be completed in that time. wherever you have internet access. We anticipate sending these tests in April.

Situational Judgement Test

Following the online tests we will invite applicants who have successfully passed both online tests to complete a situational judgement test.

As with the online tests, you’ll be able to complete the test at home, or wherever you have internet access. Tests will be available for 7 days from the day invitations are sent and must be completed in that time. We anticipate sending invitations in May.

Assessment Centre

Candidates who are successful at the online stages will be invited to an Assessment Centre in either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

The Assessment Centre will include an interview and a selection of activities to measure skills and competencies. We’ll provide more information about the assessment centre to the candidates who reach this stage of the selection process.

The Assessment Centre will take place in May or June.

We aim to make offers to successful candidates in July and we would expect them to begin in their posts in late August.

Valuing diversity

We’re ambitious about diversity and inclusion and want our organisation to reflect the people of Scotland and be a place where people can be themselves. The Scottish Government has a range of activities which promote diversity and inclusion within our workforce. You can find out more about the actions we have been taking to enable all our employees to flourish, whatever their background in our equality outcomes and mainstreaming report.

Disabled applicants

As part of our commitment to our Disability Confident Employer status, disabled applicants who meet the minimum qualifying criteria at the first stage of the process (a pass of both online tests and situational judgement test) will be invited to the final stage (the Assessment Centre).

At each stage of the selection process, we’ll ask you to let us know about any reasonable adjustments you require so that you can participate fully in the selection activities.