Audit Scotland

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

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Audit Scotland, the Edinburgh-based public sector organisation, which gives independent assurance to the people of Scotland that government money is spent properly, efficiently, and effectively, prides itself on its values of openness, honesty, and transparency.

In order to demonstrate these values to employees, the organisation’s CEO, Stephen Boyle, holds informal ‘coffee and chat’ video sessions that are open for everyone to attend.

Indeed, the whole senior leadership team is committed to leading by examples when it comes to being open, honest and transparent, and it meets with different groups of colleagues to hear their views and discuss any emerging issues. Leaders are also present when inducting new starters, attending team meetings, hosting ‘knowledge cafes’, or supporting charitable activities.

Audit Scotland’s employees are involved in auditing 222 public bodies, including the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Water, NHS bodies and local authorities. To ensure they get the most out of their work, everyone has a values-led role profile, which helps them focus on the purpose of their job, as well as offering a level of flexibility and creativity in how their work is delivered.

The organisation is proudly a 'Disability Confident Employer', which sees it make long-term commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness. This includes, but is not limited to, actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people, providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process, and ensuring employees have appropriate disability equality awareness.

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Giving Something Back

90% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Giving something back is at the heart of Audit Scotland. The company continues to support its chosen charity partner, MND Scotland, through a payroll donation scheme and fundraisers such as raffles organised by the organisations charity team. There's also an internal volunteer pool providing all staff the opportunity to give back to the community.
Personal Growth

75% of staff agreed

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

Learning and development blends technical audit, behavioural skills and specialist skills training with professional qualifications. Mentoring, alongside lunchtime-learning with guest speakers and TED talks, also plays 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

69% of staff agreed

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

Wellbeing is always given priority in Audit Scotland. Each week the management team reminds colleagues of their wellbeing and how important it is to maintain. This includes moving deadlines to maintain wellbeing, as well as providing the variety of sources for support through the organisation's occupational health provider.
Giving Something Back
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90% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Giving something back is at the heart of Audit Scotland. The company continues to support its chosen charity partner, MND Scotland, through a payroll donation scheme and fundraisers such as raffles organised by the organisations charity team. There's also an internal volunteer pool providing all staff the opportunity to give back to the community.
Personal Growth
82%

75% of staff agreed

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

Learning and development blends technical audit, behavioural skills and specialist skills training with professional qualifications. Mentoring, alongside lunchtime-learning with guest speakers and TED talks, also plays 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
96%

69% of staff agreed

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

Wellbeing is always given priority in Audit Scotland. Each week the management team reminds colleagues of their wellbeing and how important it is to maintain. This includes moving deadlines to maintain wellbeing, as well as providing the variety of sources for support through the organisation's occupational health provider.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2000
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
43% : 57%
Male : Female employee ratio
59%
Employees earning £35k+
10%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Audit Scotland is home to a diverse, dedicated and talented community of professionals, who each play an important role in the successful delivery of world class public audit. We are committed to offering varied and accessible opportunities for colleagues to share their views on what we do and how we work. Their contributions provide vital insight and challenge as we shape our organisation and consider where we can make improvements in future.

Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland

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