Diversity and inclusion is part of everything we do

Happy to Talk Flexible Working
Disability Confident Leader
Carer Positive
W3C AA Compliant

We want a Parliament that is accessible and open to people from all walks of life and backgrounds - as a place to work, to visit and to participate. We’re committed to providing an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diverse backgrounds, thinking, skills and experience. We attach great importance to Diversity and Inclusion and our commitments, reinforced by our values, form a central part of our working culture.

We want to ensure that:

  • Our culture is inclusive, welcoming and vibrant, in which we all feel valued, respected, and engaged
  • Working life is a positive experience for everyone

We have:

  • Set ambitious diversity improvement targets, which are embedded into our planning
  • Created programmes to develop our minority ethnic colleagues
  • Established diversity and inclusion networks
  • Built diversity and inclusion into our recruitment approach

Our workplace

We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work for us. We seek to ensure all job applicants are treated fairly, with respect and without bias.

We positively encourage applications from suitably experienced candidates regardless of age, disability, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or trans status.

Cuirear fàilte air tagraidhean bho luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig. We also welcome applications from BSL Users.

We’re committed to stopping unlawful discrimination and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunities employer we treat all employees and candidates fairly and according to their needs. We want colleagues to reflect the diversity of our society.

Our Disability Confident Leader accreditation shows our commitment to the employment and career development of disabled people. We’re happy to discuss adjustments you may need to support you in applying for a role and during employment.

Our commitment to the dignity and wellbeing of all colleagues is enshrined in our employment policies which promote and make it clear that we do not tolerate bullying and harassment.

The Scottish Parliament recruitment process

We strive to make our recruitment and selection policies and procedures as accessible as possible. We’ve put in place measures to support our approach.

We rigorously monitor our processes for fairness and develop targeted activities to address any under or over representation.

As part of our monitoring processes, we ask all candidates to provide some information about themselves at the application stage so we can develop a profile of people interested in working for us. This information is important in helping us to deliver our commitment to building a more inclusive and diverse organisation.

The information candidates provide is:

  • Treated in the strictest confidence
  • Not provided to anyone involved in the shortlisting or appointment of the post
  • Collated in a way that cannot be attributed to individuals

This recruitment approach makes sure all candidates are treated fairly throughout the whole process. Please see our recruitment process for further information.


Although the information above specifically relates to working for the SPCB, MSPs are also employers. Their staff are based in the Parliament building at Holyrood, and also in constituency offices. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for MSP staff roles and all appointments are made on merit.