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Scottish Qualifications Authority

The Scottish Qualifications Authority is Scotland’s national awarding and accreditation body.  We are trusted to oversee thousands of qualifications that are available in schools, colleges and workplaces, not just in this country, but around the world.

At SQA inclusion and diversity is central to our success. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. So we're building a culture where difference is valued which in turn reflects 21st century Scotland in the diversity of talent, skills and thinking of our team.


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Our Values


in our leadership role

  • We are open and transparent in our communication and decision making​
  • We demonstrate honesty and integrity in everything that we do​
  • We are consistent, equitable  and fair in the way we approach our leadership​
  • We are recognised as credible leaders and actively seek feedback on our leadership performance


in our ways of thinking and leading​

  • We challenge the status quo and embrace new ideas and ways of working​
  • ​We have an appetite for change and actively seek out best in class performance ​
  • ​We  nurture creativity, innovation and leadership​
  • ​We are accountable for our leadership performance and development​
  • ​We are responsible for establishing a culture of progressive thinking


​​​​​​​our teams to succeed​

  • We set and uphold high standards of behaviour in line with our values​
  • We create a safe environment for people to experiment and learn​
  • We develop and support our people to achieve their full potential​
  • We encourage cross-organisation collaboration to support learning and exchange of best practice​
  • We equip our people with the resources and environment to succeed


Trust, Progressive and Enabled

Diversity & Inclusion 

As an employer, we have won many awards including

  • Investors in Young People 
  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
  • Healthy Working Lives

We’re a certified Disability Confident employer; and we are accredited members of the Race at Work Charter, Happy to Talk Flexible Working, and the Living Wage Foundation.

We enable and foster mutual support and networking among our staff members - there are networks providing support and information on Culture and Ethnicity, Disability, LGBT+ issues. Our largest support group is the SQA Women’s Network, and our newest the SQA Young People Network.

We have also established a Young Talent strategy based around our Young Persons’ Guarantee, which promises that we will make do everything we can to source and recruit, develop, and retain young talent.

Our Joint Engagement Forum is where SQA and the trade unions (Unison and Unite) negotiate, consult and inform one another of issues and opportunities - working collaboratively to find solutions.

People strategy

Our People Strategy centres on being a values-led, learning organisation with people at its heart.

Each aspect of the strategy is made up of activities that support three core drivers:

  • Strengthening our foundations
  • Build our capability
  • Advance our business

The outcome of this work is a strategy designed for supporting our organisation based on four aspects:

  • Develop our organisation design and culture
  • Improve our performance
  • Improve our health, wellbeing and our environment
  • Be a responsible business

Embedded equality and diversity

Equality and diversity (E&D) considerations are embedded within all the organisation's decision-making procedures. All committee papers will include consideration of E&D impacts as a standard part of the governance process. We actively consider E&D impacts in new or revised policy or practice, and provide online training in E&D and Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) to support staff.

Benefits at Scottish Qualifications Authority

List of all the benefits that Scottish Qualifications Authority are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Recognition scheme and long service awards
  • Bike loan scheme
  • Professional Development including learning and development opportunities, professional memberships, financial assistance for formal qualification and SVQ programmes
  • Financial wellbeing support including life assurance and season ticket loan
  • Active staff networks
  • Wellbeing support: Free access to our Employee Assistance Programme 24/7/365, mental first aiders, healthcare cash plan and more
  • Employee Discount Scheme: SQA Lifestyles offers substantial reductions and money back offers from a range of High Street stores
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: You can volunteer for an array of activities
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) administered by Strathclyde pension Fund. SQA contributes 19.3% of each member’s salary
  • Flexible & Hybrid Working
  • Generous annual leave and public holidays

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