Senior Reseacher (Fixed Term to October 2019 with possible extension to April 2020)

Salary Range: £42,066 to £52,679 

Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Working Pattern: This is a full time post. Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns within the SPICe, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered.

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The Scottish Parliament exists to define, debate, decide and legislate on issues of importance to the people of Scotland. The Parliament scrutinises the work of the Scottish Government and is answerable to the people of Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) provides research, information and documentation services to the Parliament. Within SPICe, a team of around 30 researchers working within three units provide information and briefing to MSPs, their staff, parliamentary committees and to the staff of the Parliament in relation to their parliamentary duties. This work includes responding to personal enquiries, providing briefing on bills and on committee inquiries. The work is non-partisan and, when carried out for individual MSPs, is confidential.

You will work within the Financial Scrutiny Unit, but also with colleagues across SPICe. You will have a key role firstly in supporting committees, such as the Finance and Constitution Committee and the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee. You will also work directly for individual MSPs and their staff, responding to their enquiries primarily on public finance and the economy, but potentially across other areas as required. You will also be expected to be flexible in the research support you provide.

Knowledge and experience in public finance and/or economics, along with an understanding of the role of parliament and government are all essential. You will have knowledge of analytical methods, enquiry handling, excellent communication skills, a flexible approach to work and the ability to work efficiently under time pressure. It is expected that you will have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience.

We offer a great range of benefits including 41.5 days of leave (including public holidays), the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies.

How to apply


To apply, please send a CV and a short covering letter (no more than 1 side of A4), setting out why you are applying for the job, and why you would be successful in the role to jobs@parliament.scot by 28 October 2018. Please also complete and attach our diversity monitoring form. The next stage will be an assessment and interview and you will be asked to provide evidence of the skills, knowledge and experience above.

Applications on a secondment basis will be considered and are encouraged. Please ensure that the organisation you work for agrees to any secondment application before you apply.

We are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the people of Scotland. We are 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, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We welcome applications from female and black and ethnic minorities (BME) candidates who are under-represented at this level.

Applications from Gaelic speakers are welcome. Cuirear fàilte air tagraidhean bho luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig.

All appointments will be made on merit.

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