Scottish Sector - Devolved Areas and the National Campaign

Information relating to the consultative ballot for PCS members in Scotland who are covered by Scottish government pay policy.

PCS communications emphasise the UK government and Westminster dimensions of the consultative ballot but it’s crucial for all members, including those covered by Scottish Government pay policy, to be aware of the significance of this vote.

Last year, all areas of the Scottish sector settled on pay for 2022-2023, which included a no compulsory redundancy guarantee until 2025. However, negotiations are now underway across all employers for pay 2023-2024 and we want to make sure that we can win the best possible deal.

  • Creative Scotland
  • Crown Estates Scotland
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Office
  • Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd
  • Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • NatureScot
  • Registers of Scotland -
  • Scottish Courts & Tribunals
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Prison Service
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • South of Scotland Enterprise Agency
  • Sport Scotland
  • Visit Scotland

Employers under the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body:

  • Audit Scotland
  • Children and Young Persons Commissioner Scotland
  • Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Scottish Public Service Ombudsman

Most areas of the Scottish sector are in the consultative ballot because they are members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme (CSPS) and Compensation Scheme (CSCS), which are also key issues in our national campaign. For example, areas under the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body, that have settled on pay, remain covered by the CSPS and CSCS.

However, crucially, the consultative ballot will also ask members to endorse a pause on strike action and on the strike levy that all members have paid into, while negotiations take place.

All members will therefore receive a ballot and the opportunity to vote on the future direction of the national campaign.

The national executive committee (NEC) is recommending that members vote Yes in the ballot and members in the Scottish Sector are also encouraged to do so.

The ballot is online and you will receive an email from the independent scrutineer, from with instructions on how to vote.  Members who haven’t provided a personal e-mail address will receive a ballot paper in the post.

If you don’t receive an e-mail or a paper copy you can request a replacement online by logging in to PCS Digital. The deadline for requesting a replacement is 5pm on Sunday 20 August.

Read our FAQs about the ballot.