Working for SEPA

SEPA employs a diverse workforce across 24 offices throughout Scotland.  Our staff members receive excellent terms and conditions of employment, which SEPA will continue to review, together with its overall approach to reward, ensuring that they continue to meet the needs of a modern employer and diverse workforce. 

Our terms and conditions include competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements, the opportunity to join our pension scheme and many other benefits.

This section lists the full range of benefits available to SEPA staff and provides information on our equality and diversity policy.

People strategy

Our People strategy reflects our culture as an employer, setting out our commitments to our staff, as well as what we expect in return. The strategy is a key element of our overall strategic framework, which includes our long term vision, corporate and annual operating plans, and organisational change programme.

Terms, conditions and benefits

  • Competitive starting salary, details of which are included in the Pay Scales table.
  • Flexi-time scheme.
  • 35-hour working week for full-time employees.
  • Generous annual leave entitlements starting from 28 days per year and increasing to 32 days after five years of reckonable service. We also offer seven additional public holidays. Annual leave and public holiday entitlement is pro-rated for part-time employees.
  • SEPA participates in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) administered by Falkirk Council. The scheme operates on a career average revalued earnings (CARE) basis. The LGPS is a qualifying scheme and exceeds the standards set by the Government under the Pensions Act 2011. Further information can be found on
  • Salary progression by annual increments to the top of the appropriate band (based on satisfactory performance).
  • Occupational sick pay (entitlements based on length of reckonable service).
  • SEPA has a diverse workforce, with a diverse way of thinking and diverse needs, we are therefore committed to encouraging flexible working patterns and working conditions which will meet business requirements and personal lifestyles and enable staff to achieve a better work-life balance.  All employees are entitled to apply for flexible working arrangements such as reduced hours, compressed hours etc. Some roles aren't as flexible as others but we'll always aim to make sure your working life is well balanced with your life outside the work place.
  • Generous maternity, adoption, shared parental and paternity leave scheme (dependent on length of continuous service with SEPA).
  • Training and development opportunities enabling employees to acquire new or improved skills, competencies, or knowledge.
  • Occupational health benefits and access to a free Employee Assistance Programme which provides life management services.
  • Financial contribution towards the price of glasses or contact lenses for display screen use.
  • Option of interest free loans for public transport season tickets.
  • Cycle to work scheme (a tax efficient way to purchase a bicycle through salary sacrifice).
  • Childcare vouchers scheme.
  • Relocation assistance may be available for some posts.

Equality and diversity

SEPA is committed to equal opportunities in its employment practices. We treat everyone fairly and with respect regardless of their sex, marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, working pattern, gender identity, caring responsibility or trade union membership.

We believe that our workforce should be as diverse as the environment we protect. Our roles call for a variety of skills and for people from all kinds of backgrounds with different life experiences. We offer employment and training to people solely on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and attitude.

SEPA Managment Team

The Agency Management Team’s role is to provide the strategic direction, business prioritisation, resource allocation, and leadership SEPA will need to ensure our growing success during a period of continuing development. The AMT is the embodiment of our consultancy model and outcome-based approach.

 Biographies for each of our management team members are available on 'Our management structure' page.

See our frequently asked questions for more information about SEPA jobs.