Diversity and inclusion is part of everything we do

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 and
  • built diversity and inclusion into our recruitment approach.

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 applications are treated fairly, with respect and without bias.

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

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

Stonewall Diversity Champion Scotland
Investors in Young People
Happy to Talk Flexible Working
Disability Confident Leader
Carer Positive
Stonewall Bronze Employer


We’re committed to stopping unlawful discrimination and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunities employer we treat all employees and candidates fairly and according to their needs.

We’ve put in place measures to support our approach. We want colleagues to reflect the diversity of our society. We strive to make our recruitment and selection policies and procedures as accessible as possible. We rigorously monitor our processes and develop targeted activities to address any under or over representation.

Our Disability Confident accreditation shows our commitment to making sure we are responsive to, and supportive of, disabled people’s needs.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion. The Diversity Champions programme is the leading employers' programme for ensuring all LGBT+ staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.

Recruitment process

As part of our monitoring processes, we ask all candidates to supply demographic information 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.


Although the information above specifically refers to working for the SPCB, when advertising vacancies MSPs also value diversity, welcome applications from all backgrounds and ensure that appointments are made on merit.