Recruitment: candidate guide

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

Working pattern

Our current standard working pattern is 37 hours per week. We offer a range of flexible and hybrid working options depending on the needs of the role.

If you have specific questions about the role you are applying for, please contact our recruitment team, or the named contact on the job advert.

35 hour working week

From 1 October 2024 our standard working week will be reduced from 37 hours to 35 hours, with no impact on pay. This change will affect all staff, with part-time workers receiving a pro-rata reduction in hours, based on their agreed working pattern.

The move to a 35 hour working week is a key commitment made to staff, to ensure wellbeing and a healthy work-life balance.


The Scottish Government Recruitment Team:

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