Trans status - Scottish Government

The data below covers staff working in core Scottish Government directorate generals, some agencies and some non-ministerial departments. More details can be found in the notes of this publication.

Data on employees’ trans status or trans history is limited, as it only gathered as part of our recruitment system and the People Survey, neither of which link to employee records. The term “trans” is used as a shorthand for “transgender” and encompasses multiple trans and non-binary identities. The terms “cis” or “cisgender” refer to individuals who are not trans and do not have a trans history.

The declaration rates for trans status in our recruitment systems and in the People Survey are 97.1% and 93.6% respectively.

Workforce composition


0.9% of applications come from transgender/other applicants. The proportion of offers accepted from transgender/other applicants is suppressed for confidentiality purposes.

The chart below shows the percentage breakdown of the trans status of applications to work for the Scottish Government at each stage of the recruitment process. Applicants applying to multiple jobs are included for each application they make. The percentage breakdown of Scotland’s population aged 16 to 64 by trans status is added as a comparison where available.

Figure 3a: Recruitment stage reached by trans status in 2023

Bar chart of applicant headcounts by trans status. The data in the chart is replicated in the table below.

The stages of the recruitment process are explained later in this report

Workforce culture

The data on workforce culture used in this publication comes from the Civil Service People Survey and covers core Scottish Government (SG Core) only. This data can be found on the SG Core page.