How We Recruit
Thank you for your interest in Transport Scotland. We are very keen to recruit motivated bright graduates and school leavers as well as experienced professionals and specialists.
We recruit as and when external vacancies arise. Most posts are offered on a permanent basis, although some jobs may be for a fixed term. All posts are advertised on our website, professional journals, on line sites and occasionally in the traditional press.
The Recruitment Principles explain what the fundamental requirement of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition means. The Recruitment Principles also set out the circumstances in which appointments can be made as exceptions to this requirement.
The Recruitment Principles describe what responsibilities departments and agencies have in meeting this requirement, for example the extent to which Ministers may be involved in the selection process. Departments and agencies are however free to develop their own approaches to recruitment as long as they are consistent with the Recruitment Principles.
NationalityYou must be a UK or other European Economic Area national, a Commonwealth citizen, a British Protected Person or a citizen of British Dependent Territories. See guidance on your status.
Although Switzerland is not part of the EEA, Swiss nationals enjoy many of the same rights, including employment in the Civil Service.
Turkish nationals are not automatically eligible for employment in non-reserved posts in the Civil Service. They are only eligible if they have been lawfully employed in the United Kingdom for four years in any job, or if they have been lawfully employed for three years in a job within the same "occupation" as the post which they wish to take up within the Civil Service.
To apply for a registration certificate confirming your right to live and work in the UK you should complete form EEA1, which can be downloaded from the Home Office website
Equal Opportunities Policy Statement
All staff should be treated equally irrespective of their sex, marital/civil partnership status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, working pattern, employment status, gender identity (transgender), caring responsibility, or trade union membership.
Diversity Policy Statement
The Scottish Government is committed to increasing the diversity of staff within the organisation. We will develop all our staff, ignoring all irrelevant differences in their management and development. Furthermore we will positively value the different perspectives and skills of all staff and make full use of these in our work.
How the application process works
We receive a vast number of enquiries, so we are not able to keep CVs on file.
We will ask you to complete an application for all vacancies. You will be asked to provide information on your education, work experience, nationality and other matters. You will also be asked to complete an achievement record. This gives you the opportunity to demonstrate using examples whether you have the necessary skills for a particular post.
All applications will go through an initial sift process and you may be invited to the next stage in the selection process – an assessment centre including a competency based interview. The make up of an assessment centre is typically a combination of three or four of the elements below:
- Presentation/Technical/Competency Based Interview
- Written Test
- Occupational Personality Questionnaire
- Role Play
- Group Discussion
- In-tray Exercise
Find out more about the competency based interview.
View the Scottish Government's Skills for Success framework.
View the minimum qualifications necessary for recruitment.
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