Find out about employment laws in Scotland

As a business in Scotland, you need to consider specific requirements outlined by employment laws, regulations and policies. Find out about them.


Scotland’s employment laws are designed to help your business hire the right people with the right skills when you need them.

UK employment law is influenced by European employment regulation but has its own rules and requirements. Most statutory and contractual employment rights in Scotland are the same as in the rest of the UK, but there are a few differences.

Specific employment laws identify the minimum requirements for types and areas of employment in Scotland. They cover things like working hours, statutory sick pay, annual leave and maternity pay. They also protect against discrimination based on gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

As a business employing people in Scotland, you need to consider the following laws, regulations and policies: