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About Audit Scotland

Audit Scotland provide independent assurance to the people of Scotland that public money is spent properly, efficiently and effectively.

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We are Scotland’s public sector auditor, independent of Government. We audit the financial statements of Local Authorities, Health Boards and central government bodies, and evaluate their performance in delivering services and value for money. We all share a belief that public money should be spent wisely, making the lives of Scotland’s people the very best they can be. It’s important work and you’ll be a valued member of our audit teams.

We employ around 320 exceptional professionals from different backgrounds and you don’t need an Accountancy degree to become an auditor.

We currently have opportunities available across Scotland with our offices based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. We also have a small team based in Aberdeen. Although we are currently working from home due to the current Covid-19 suppression measures, the role will involve a presence at one of our office locations and some travel to client sites, as circumstances and Scottish Government guidance allow.

We are proud to be named one of the top 40 workplaces in Scotland and the UK’s fourth best accountancy workplace in the Sunday Times’ 2021 Best Companies awards. Our people are vital to our continued success and as a Trainee Auditor, you will help contribute to delivering quality and relevant audit work across a variety of clients and, in doing so, you will add real value to the development and scoping of audit plans.

Our Graduate Trainee Scheme includes full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS. You will get a prestigious, internationally recognised qualification, whilst being involved in varied and interesting work, auditing public bodies in Scotland. You will also be supported to complete a personal development programme aimed at enhancing your career prospects in Audit Scotland.

And it doesn’t stop there, we offer a range of fantastic benefits including:

  • Competitive starting salary, plus bonuses and salary increments
  • A fully sponsored qualification with ICAS to become a Chartered Accountant
  • Mentor support and guidance
  • 38 days holiday (inclusive of 8 floating public holidays), 4 fixed public holidays, flexi-time and exam leave
  • Career development and training opportunities
  • Attractive local government pension scheme (19.4% employer contributions)

Equal opportunities and diversity

We value the unique perspective a diverse workforce brings to what we do. We're keen to increase representation in our workforce and support progression of minority ethnic groups. We are also a proud disability confident employer. Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is demonstrated in our values independence, integrity and objectivity, valuing people and ensuring quality and fairness and effective communication.

Recruitment process

Application Form
We’re keeping this nice and simple - complete the application form with examples of previous experience.

Numerical Reasoning Test
After the application closing date (30 January 2022) you will be asked to complete a short online numerical test.

Assessment Centre and Interview
If you are successful following the online numerical test, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre and interview. Exact details of this will be confirmed nearer the time in line with Covid-19 suppression measures but this is likely to take place in Spring 2022 and will be held virtually.

The start date for our Graduate Trainee Auditor opportunities will be from summer 2022 onwards.

Check out the Graduate page on our careers site to find out more about our trainee programme, life at Audit Scotland and tips on the application process. Please note that only applications submitted via our careers website will be considered.

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Facts and figures
  • Number of employees: 251 to 500
Industry sectors
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Charity, Public & Civil Service