There are going to be new job opportunities for the Islands after Social Security Scotland announced today (Wednesday February 13th) that it will add 100 jobs across Scotland by the end of the year.

Once recruited the new teams will deliver a face-to-face service for those who need it most in their communities.

The new development will see 32 team leaders recruited first, followed by a further 68 support workers later in the year. There will a local team in each council area in Scotland. Once fully operational, there will be approximately 400 local delivery posts in place across Scotland.

Social Security Scotland is a new public service that has been created by the Scottish Government to deliver a number of devolved and new benefits including devolved benefits for families on low incomes, disabled people, carers, and young people entering the workplace.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville made the announcement while in Stornoway as part of a visit to the Highlands and Islands.  She is pictured above at Third Sector Hebrides in Stornoway during a TV interview today.

She explained that this was her first visit to the Outer Hebrides, and she had not seen much of the Islands during the trip because of the weather and the tight schedule of visits which included a meeting at Third Sector Hebrides, Stornoway Women’s Aid, and the Western Isles Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Westview Terrace.

She said: “I am delighted that Social Security Scotland has announced we are recruiting for another 100 posts.  This is another major step in growing Scotland’s first social security agency and shows the community approach we are taking.

“We are determined to have a system here in Scotland which is based on dignity, fairness and respect.

“We are looking for people who share our ambition to deliver a public service that people in Scotland can be proud of – one that is designed to support people when and where they need it.

 “The Scottish Government is committed to family friendly working and a healthy work/life balance and we’re determined to do all we can to bring in the many skills and experience you get from a diverse workforce and across the country.

“We’ll be offering job opportunities with a wide variety of working patterns that will also suit people living in more rural and remote areas or with other responsibilities such as caring.”

The aim is to co-locate the new staff with local organisations – like Third Sector Hebrides – so they are based in places which local people already know and recognise.  The aim is to make sure that the service works for both local users and communities. 

David Wallace, Chief Executive, Social Security Scotland said: “This is an exciting time for us as we grow our team further across the country, including areas like the Highlands and Islands where communities will benefit from a flexible community team.

“The opportunities in these roles will include; leading and developing a team of advisors, providing day to day operational support and delivering a positive client experience.

“These positions would be ideal for people who can work independently, have excellent inter-personal skills, who lead by example, and are passionate about people and are focused on providing an excellent social security service to Scotland’s citizens.”

For further information and to apply visit https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/work-with-us.

 Applications for the team leader posts will open from Monday, 18 February 2019

As of 1 February 2019, Social Security Scotland employed 323 staff – 164 in Dundee, 140 in Glasgow and 19 local delivery leads across the country

Once fully operational Social Security Scotland will employ 1900 people – 750 in Dundee, 750 in Glasgow and 400 local delivery staff across the country