Below you will find some answers to commonly asked questions. We will be updating this as we go along.

Is your online application system secure?

Yes, all registration, application and candidate account pages are accessed through a secure connection.

What should I do if I'm having difficulty applying online?

These FAQs should cover our most common issues. If you’re still experiencing difficulties please contact recruitment@gov.scot.

Why haven't I received my confirmation email?

Account activation emails are sent automatically. Please check your junk mail and spam folders if you don’t receive the email. If you’re still experiencing problems please contact recruitment@gov.scot.

What do I do if I've forgotten my password?

Please contact recruitment@gov.scot.

What is my user name?

Your user name is the email address that you registered with. You can edit personal information, such as name, address and email preferences through your Account Settings.

What are the nationality criteria for joining the Scottish Government?

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals


We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued  eligibility to employment.

Can I work flexible hours or apply to work part-time?

The normal working week is a five day week of 37 hours. We’re happy to talk about flexible working and you may have the scope to participate in the Scottish Government’s scheme. We’re also happy to consider applications for part-time and non-standard working patterns. If this is something that you would like to speak to some about before applying for a job following the conference, email the resourcing team at recruitment@gov.scot

Where are GDP posts based?

Right now the majority of staff are working from home. However, prior to the pandemic the majority of GDP posts were based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. When we return to the office, individuals can still be supported to work flexibly, but there is an expectation you will also be able to attend offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

I have a degree but it's not a recent qualification - can I still apply?

Yes. There’s no time limit attached to when you achieved your degree.

What is a degree equivalency?

We are happy to accept equivalent qualifications to a degree whereby the qualification is equivalent to a level 9 SCQF qualification and 360 credits.

Why haven't I heard from you since applying?

All candidates should receive an email approximately three days after the closing date. If you haven’t heard by then please contact recruitment@gov.scot.

Can I request reasonable adjustments to the selection process?

Yes. If you require reasonable adjustments to allow you to complete the selection process, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate this when you apply.

Can I apply if I expect to graduate by July 2021?

Yes, if you’re a final year student and on track to obtain your degree before July 2021 you can apply. If you’re successful in the programme’s selection process, an offer of a place will be made subject to you successfully graduating.

Is there a probationary period?

All new employees are required to complete a probationary period of nine months.

What will my terms and conditions be if I transfer from another government department?

Existing Civil Servants who apply externally may be able to transfer across and retain continuity of employment for purposes of pay, pension and annual leave entitlements.