Graduate Development Programme: candidate guide 2023

Guidance for candidates applying to the 2023 Scottish Government Graduate Development Programme.

Salary and benefits

Pay and pension:

The starting salary for graduates on the programme is £32,847

Pay awards are reviewed and applied annually in partnership with unions. Pay progression takes place on an annual basis until staff members have reached the top of the salary band.

Read information on all current pay scales on our careers website, Work for Scotland.

The Scottish Government also operates a generous pension scheme with employer contributions starting from 26.6%.

Additional benefits:

In addition to the competitive pay and pension provided, we also offer the following benefits:

  • a generous annual leave allowance of 25 days plus 11.5 public holidays
  • a range of flexible working options, including hybrid-working patterns
  • an employee discount scheme
  • salary deducted savings option
  • interest free loans for travel passes
  • a cycle to work scheme
  • paid volunteering days
  • an ongoing programme of learning and development
  • limitless career opportunities and potential


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