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Public bodies

About public bodies

The public sector in Scotland is made up of government departments and a range of public bodies, each with a specific purpose and remit:

Non-ministerial departments

Non-ministerial departments are headed by senior civil servants and they have a specific function or regulatory / inspection remit.

Executive agencies

Executive agencies are part of the Scottish Government and tend to focus on the management and delivery of public services, but can also provide strategic policy input.

Executive non-departmental public bodies

Executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) carry out administrative, commercial, executive or regulatory functions on behalf of government.

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View a list of public bodies

You can find a list of all of the public bodies in Scotland in our National Public Bodies Directory on

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Want to know more?

You can find out more about the work of public bodies in our Public Bodies Guide on

Social Security Scotland

Social Security Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government which was established in 2018 to deliver devolved benefits for the people of Scotland.

The agency was built on the principles of dignity, fairness and respect, and these values are at the heart of everything the agency delivers.

Social Security Scotland have locations in Dundee and Glasgow, and they recruit for a wide range of positions including customer services, health and social care and digital and technology roles.

Find out more about the work of Social Security Scotland at: Social Security Scotland

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View Social Security Jobs

Social Security Scotland have a dedicated recruitment website where you can view the latest vacancies.