Audit Scotland

We give independent assurance to the people of Scotland that public money is spent properly, efficiently and effectively.
http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/

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In twice weekly surveys Audit Scotland staff are always asked to report how they are feeling and what comments they would like to share with the management team.

The Edinburgh-based public sector organisation which gives independent assurance to the people of Scotland that government money is spent properly, efficiently and effectively, has also introduced themed Colleague Conversations on topics including how to make the most of home-working and has featured more personal stories in in the staff magazine to help people feel more connected.

The organisation's values of openness, honesty and transparency have never been more relevant and in this vein Stephen Boyle, who took over as Auditor General last summer, has been sharing vlogs with staff through the pandemic about how he's finding things, what he's been involved in and what's coming up. He has also been holding informal Coffee & Chat video sessions which are open to everyone to attend. Staff can also take part in Ask Management Team sessions.

The senior team meet with different groups of colleagues to hear their views and discuss emerging issues and they also attend inductions with new starters, take part in team meetings, host knowledge cafés and support charitable activities. Staff who are involved in auditing 222 public bodies including the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Water, NHS bodies and local authorities, have values-led role profiles which focus on the purpose of the job and offer a degree of flexibility and creativity as to how the work is delivered.

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Personal Growth

78% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Learning & development blends technical audit, behavioural skills and specialist skills training with professional qualifications. Mentoring, alongside lunchtime-learning with guest speakers and TED talks, also play a critical role in supporting everyday learning and career progression. Junior team members are encouraged to take the lead chairing meetings and facilitating discussions.

Wellbeing

73% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

A How You Doing? Channel has been set up where staff can share local walks, favourite songs and TV programmes and the things that are helping them get through lockdown. In addition, a weekly quiz is held to provide a break from work.

Giving Something Back

93% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Staff have continued to raise money for their chosen charity, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), individually through virtual walks and runs and collectively through a step challenge and Christmas quiz. Staff also normally regularly take part in the Edinburgh marathon team relay and Kilt Walks.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2000
Total number of employees
3
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
42% : 58%
Male : Female employee ratio
61%
Employees earning £35k+
3%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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