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"Contract work at Scottish water"

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
Former Employee - Project Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Scottish Water (More than a year)

Pros

Good friendly atmosphere most of the time. Reasonable facilities and environment in which to work.

Cons

After IR35 rule changes in afraid mossy contract jobs are viewed as inside IR35

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work

Other Employee Reviews for Scottish Water

  1. "Clandestine job/promotion appointments, low pay, pension"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and providing an important public service.

    Cons

    Jobs and promotions can be done clandestinely without a job advert and associated recruitment drive. In some cases, although a recruitment drive is carried out, it's done in a manner that is not consistent with other recruitment drives carried out by Scottish Water; for example, not advertising a job in the usual recruitment channels/platforms. No matter your technical ability and commitment to the company, if the company wants to recruit someone externally, or promote someone internally, the first you may find out is the person turning up to start work (if you are not in that team) or if it's internal, you may discover after a while.

    Salary - for most, salaries are lower compared to the rest of the public sector but interestingly, Scottish Water has a large 'management' class of employees whose salaries information is opaque and how this class sits with the rest of the public sector, i don't know.

    Pension - went from being final salary to career average; in order to work out how "excellent" the pension is, i suggest you go to a person trained in pensions to give you advice and then you will work out exactly how Scottish Water, as well as public sector pensions, rank compared to what you can do privately. Please remember, the distinction between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension (typically what you get in the private sector) - these are 2 different types of pensions and so when doing comparisons with input from a person trained in pensions, keep this critically important factor in mind.

    Also keep in mind, that you may not even reach your pension and pensions, as with anything controlled by government, can change whether it's tax treatment or things like age of retirement. A pension is not classed as income when you are applying for a mortgage, or a car loan, or a personal loan. Pensions are important but you have a whole life of costs, and events that give rise to costs, to cater for before you reach your pension and this is where your salary becomes critical and is probably the key/only tool that you will have to deal with inflation and shrinking public services (think of the various cost-cutting exercises of public services that have taken place in Scotland since 2007).

    A decent salary, and opportunities which are open to all, are important factors in my view and the sign of a progressive, modern, workplace.


  2. "Interesting work, progressive environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Scottish Water as a contractor

    Pros

    - Good people, positive culture, generally supportive
    - Agile working, family friendly
    - Opportunities for progression

    Cons

    - Salaries can be lower then private sector
    - Technology support behind the times (although they are working on this)

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