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Reference:4017 

Remuneration:£342 per day 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:26 November 2021 at midday 

***Closing date extended***


Appointment of a Commissioner for the Scottish Fiscal Commission


Scottish Ministers are looking for a new Commissioner to join the Scottish Fiscal Commission. The appointment will be from 1 April 2022.


Scottish Fiscal Commission


The Scottish Fiscal Commission  produces  the official and independent fiscal and economic forecasts for Scotland. These forecasts determine significant elements of the Scottish Government’s budget, and assess the resources available to support devolved public services in Scotland.


The Scottish Fiscal Commission Act 2016 safeguards the Commission’s independence from the Scottish Government, establishing the Commission as a non-Ministerial Office of the Scottish Administration, accountable to the Scottish Parliament. The Commissioners have full discretion in how the Commission’s functions are delivered and are directly accountable to Parliament for the forecasts produced by the Commission. Commissioners and senior staff members are key to promoting a culture of independent thought and action. The Commissioners are supported by a small permanent staff of around 22 analysts and corporate staff.


Role description


As a Commissioner, you will be expected to:



  • Be collectively and ultimately responsible for the provision of all forecasts, forecast evaluations and other relevant commentary

  • Be collectively responsible for the leadership and direction of the staff of the Scottish Fiscal Commission, for ensuring that it carries out its statutory functions effectively and efficiently

  • Communicate widely the aims and objectives of the Scottish Fiscal Commission

  • Oversee the ongoing development of strong working relationships between the Commission, the Scottish Parliament and other key organisations

  • Provide leadership and commitment to the development and promotion of effectiveness, efficiency, economy and equality through the Scottish Fiscal Commission, and ensure compliance with all legal responsibilities

  • Be a member of the Governance Board of the Scottish Fiscal Commission

  • Protect and enhance public confidence in the Scottish Fiscal Commission


Time commitment


Commissioners are expected to devote an average of 1.5 days a week (equivalent to 78 days annually). This entails communicating with staff, commissioners and stakeholders; virtual and in-person meetings including forecasting rounds, Commission meetings and other meetings; Parliamentary appearances, media and other events and preparation for these; reviewing analytical papers and reports and reading governance papers.


The work varies in intensity and is not spread evenly throughout the year. Based on recent years, there would be two periods lasting about 8 weeks in the winter and spring and one period lasting about 4 weeks in the summer. Daily work and reading in evenings or weekends is likely to be required towards the end of these periods.


Further information


There will be an online webinar on 1 November 2021 at 17:30 at which potential applicants can learn more about the role and the Commission from the Chair, Dame Susan Rice, and the Scottish Government’s Director for Taxation and Fiscal Sustainability, Lucy O’Carroll. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees at the webinar will be anonymous and not be identified to other attendees. If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register here


For additional information about the Scottish Fiscal Commission please contact Steve Haggerty of Munro Consulting.


You can see the current Chair, Dame Susan Rice talking about our concurrent search for a new Commissioner here


Remuneration and Expenses


The current rate of pay for Commissioners is £342 per day. This will be reviewed in 2022. Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.


The appointment is non-pensionable.


Completed applications should be sent to PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot .


The closing date for applications is now Friday 26 November 2021 at Midday.


Full details are in the applicant pack which can be found via the link below.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, as well as people aged under 50.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot.

Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack