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With such a diversity of roles across the Scottish Government, the skills you need to join us vary hugely from job to job. As an employer, the Scottish Government is committed to having a diverse workforce reflective of the communities we serve and we look for a wide range of personal attributes. You'll need to be organised and level-headed, while initiative and communication skills are always important. We're a people-orientated organisation, so we prize interpersonal skills very highly – it's essential that you can work well in a team.

If you have a criminal record, this will not necessarily exclude you from employment with the Scottish Government. This will depend on the nature of the role, together with the circumstances and background of the offences and/or other relevant information.  

For general administration posts (what we call Band A), you should have a good standard of education – including a number of National 4/5, GCSEs, Standard or Ordinary Grades at level 3 (or equivalent), including English and Maths (or similar). If you don't have any of these formal qualifications, we may accept equivalent relevant experience, or we may offer the chance to sit a qualifying test.

For the next levels, Bands B and C, in posts like policy, administrative and casework executives, you should generally have a number of Highers or A Levels at level 3 (or equivalent), including English.

Specialist roles require specialist qualifications and relevant experience. This, of course, differs from post to post.