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About the Scottish Parliament

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion is part of everything we do. We welcome and value diverse backgrounds, thinking, skills and experience.

Equal opportunities

The Parliament is an inclusive organisation. We want to:

  • recruit people from different social, ethnic and economic backgrounds
  • help young people get into work
  • retain and support our diverse workforce

Applying for a job

We want to make sure that all job applicants and staff are treated fairly, with respect and without bias. No job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment than others because of her or his:

  • age
  • disability (unless such treatment is objectively justified)
  • gender identity
  • sex 
  • sexual orientation, marital or family status
  • racial group (includes colour, race, nationality, national or ethnic origin)
  • religion, religious belief, or a similar philosophical belief (or lack of any of these)
  • part-time or fixed-term contract status (unless such treatment is objectively justified)
  • trade union membership status/activities
  • offending background

We guarantee to interview any disabled applicants who meet the essential requirements for the job applied for.

We're committed to:

  • building a diverse and representative workforce
  • promoting equality of opportunity and treatment 
  • eliminating unfair discrimination in our employment practices

Diversity networks

Our diverse workforce brings a range of experiences and views, which help us work better.

We know that to have a diverse workforce we need to create a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique role.

We have 6 diversity networks which provide support to people from diverse groups. Staff can join any network.

The networks are a good way to:

  • connect with people from all over the Parliament
  • build contacts
  • share experiences
  • arrange events
  • socialise

Our networks are:

  • BAME network – offers support, advice and social connection to colleagues from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds
  • Mental Health network – which aims to make talking about mental health easier
  • SPOut LGBT+ network – develops awareness and understanding of the experiences and challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues
  • YP @ SP – supports young staff members and people who work with young staff members
  • Women's network – an inclusive network run by women, for everyone
  • ParliAble network – supports disabled people

Our partners

We work together with other organisations to deliver our diversity goals and targets.

We want our staff to enjoy coming to work, feel valued for their contribution and excel in their chosen careers.

To help us achieve these goals we work with partners such as:

  • Disability Confident - supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace
  • Inclusion Scotland - works to achieve positive changes, so that disabled people are fully included throughout all Scottish society
  • National Autistic Society - provides a range of projects and services for autistic people living in Scotland and their families
  • Stonewall Scotland - campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain
  • Family Friendly Working Scotland - supports and promotes the development of family friendly workplaces across Scotland

Diversity strategy and reports

We challenge ourselves to do all we can to have diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Read our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for 2017-2021.

2017-21 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Diversity Monitoring and Pay Gap Report

Our annual Diversity Monitoring and Pay Gap Report gives an update on progress we are making in equality, diversity and inclusion for our workforce. The report also includes information about our gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps.

2020 Diversity Monitoring and Pay Gap Report

You can also watch the summary in British Sign Language (BSL).