Frequently asked questions

Working for the Scottish Government

Is there a probationary period?

All new employees are required to complete a probationary period of 9 months.

Do you offer flexible working hours?

The normal working week is a 5 day week of 42 hours, including lunch intervals. You may have the scope to participate in the Scottish Governments flexible working hour's scheme. If you are successful, we have a formal process to consider requests for part-time and non-standard working patterns.

What will my terms and conditions be if I transfer from another government department?

Existing civil servants who apply externally may be able to transfer across and retain continuity of employment for purposes of pay, pension and annual leave entitlements.

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