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Benefits and wellbeing at work

The COPFS team works hard to secure justice for Scotland. We can only do this as we reward, develop, and nurture our people.

Rewarding success

We offer performance-related pay. Most positions have a starting salary and a pay scale you can progress through, as you gain experience and meet objectives.

Flexible working

We offer family-friendly hours where possible. Some roles are also suitable for location-neutral working. By adapting working conditions to individual employees, we help them to balance the demands of both job and home life.

Time out

Our new joiners receive 25 days annual leave per year. This rises to 30 days after four years of service. Users of our Flexible Working Hours scheme can ‘bank’ extra hours worked and then take them off as flexi-leave.

Developing talent

We are committed to building the skills of our workforce. Our approach to performance and development nurtures our internal talent and helps our employees build lifelong careers within COPFS.

We offer a wide selection of training and development opportunities for our workforce including a high potential leadership development scheme and specialist training in prosecution practice.

Fairness and inclusion at work

We are proud to uphold the highest standards of integrity in recruitment, promotion, and workplace conduct. All our employees complete training on valuing diversity and inclusion and we have robust policies in place to deal with bullying a harassment.

We are committed to attracting and retaining people from all backgrounds so that our workforce reflects the diversity of the people of Scotland.

The COPFS values are ‘being professional’ and ‘showing respect’ and we embody these in all we do, particularly our performance management and appraisal process.

Our employees also sign up to the Civil Service Code which outlines the core values and standards of behaviour required across COPFS and wider Civil Service.

Health and wellbeing

COPFS provides a range of employee welfare services to improve the health and wellbeing of our employees. Free counselling is available through the Employee Assistance Programme. We also have employee network groups to support employees including:

  • BAME
  • disability and carers
  • faith-based
  • LGBT+
  • Neurodiversity

Retirement and financial services

COPFS helps employees spread travel costs and plan for the future. Pensions, season ticket loans, and pre-retirement courses are all part of the support package available.

What people say about us

Disability Confident Employer

COPFS has reached Disability Confident Employer (level 2) with the Department for Work & Pensions. We commit to a working environment that safeguards dignity and opportunity for disabled team members.

Living Wage Scotland

We are accredited as an employer that pays all directly employed adult employees the real living wage or higher.

Carer Positive Employer

We have been awarded an ‘Engaged Level’ accreditation from Carer Positive because of the ongoing support provided to recognise and support carers within our organisation. 

Pay scales

The salaries below are reviewed annually. We have recently increased salaries for several grades to reflect the levels paid by the Scottish Government.

Main scale

 

B

C

D

E

F

PFD (including accreditation deputes)

SPFD

PPFD

G

  H

Max -3

 

27,231

31,542

39,729

52,129

41,753

52,519

58,533

65,275

 75,446

Max -2

21,045

27,938

33,071

41,368

54,573

44,357

54,717

61,709

67,545

 76.307

Max -1

22,484

28,990

34,600

43,393

57,190

46,960

56,916

64,884

70,478

 77,168

Max

23,233

30,039

36,129

47,485

62,167

53,485

62,167

69,776

75.341

  77,714

Legal Traineeships

Trainee Year 1

27,231

Trainee Year 2

30,363