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Appointment process for senior Civil Servants: FOI release

Published: 8 Mar 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

8 Mar 2021
Appointment process for senior Civil Servants: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100143537
Date received: 23 Jan 2021
Date responded: 4 Feb 2021
Information requested

You asked:

"Is it possible to find out the procedure to select the top civil servant in Scotland!

Is he/she chosen by Westminster or is it under the complete gift of the Scottish Government?"


All civil service appointments are governed by the Civil Service Commission (Civil Service Commission ( whose remit is to ensure that selections for appointment to the UK civil service are made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. In the case of the appointment of the Scottish Government Permanent Secretary, the process is run by the Cabinet Office, with close co-operation from the Scottish Government People Director. The First Minister is consulted throughout the process and makes the final selection decision from the appointable candidates.

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