How to join

Application Process

We are responsible for ensuring that the recruitment process to the Scottish Government meets the requirements of the Civil Service Recruitment Principles for further information click here.

We usually recruit throughout the year as and when vacancies arise we also have staff on secondment from other organisations and a small number of fixed-term employees.

We take a small number of successful candidates from centrally run civil service recruitment schemes such as the Fast Stream Development Programme for further information click here.

When vacancies are open to external recruitment they will be advertised here, and in other online and/or traditional media, including relevant professional journals, as appropriate.

Once you find a role that appeals to you, all you need to do is fill in an application form by the specified date. From there, we make a shortlist of all the applications to take onto the next stage. Depending on the role, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview or assessment. Whichever form it takes, this will be used to determine how you match up against the competencies, skills and experience the role demands.

If you are interested in pursuing a career within the civil service you may also find the Civil Service website of use. This site gives an overview of job opportunities within the civil service.