Recruitment: candidate guide

A detailed guide for applicants interested in applying for a job with the Scottish Government.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are important to us. It is our aim to recruit a workforce that is reflective of our diverse nation and create a workplace where individual contributions are welcomed and valued.

We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, sex or gender identity, religious beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or neurodiversity.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and we offer recruitment and workplace adjustments to anyone who needs them. We actively support the Disability Confident Scheme and offer a guaranteed interview for all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

We want all of our staff members to build a strong network and feel part of the wider Scottish Government community, so we have established a number of staff networks which are open to all employees to join and participate in, these include:

  • the Race Equality Network
  • the Disabled Staff network
  • the LGBTI+ Network
  • the Gender Equality Network
  • the Age Network and more

All staff undertake diversity training and we have a range of activities which promote diversity within our workforce.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader, Stonewall Diversity Champion, holder of an Investors in People accreditation.

Further information

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan and the Civil Service D&I Strategy.


The Scottish Government Recruitment Team:

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