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Recruitment and selection: key differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Updating authors: Lynda Macdonald, Rob Davies and Annabel Mace, consultant editor (Northern Ireland): Andrew Spratt

Future developments

Rehabilitation of offenders (Scotland): From 10 March 2014, the rehabilitation periods set out in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 were reduced in England and Wales. They were not reduced in Scotland (see Rehabilitation periods). The Scottish Government carried out a consultation on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 between 20 May 2015 and 12 August 2015. The consultation sought views on the Government's proposal to increase the length of the sentence of imprisonment beyond which prior convictions must always be disclosed, from 30 months to 48 months, and to make changes to rehabilitation periods in Scotland. The Government intends to bring any resulting reforms before the Scottish Parliament during the current parliamentary session. The Government has not yet published its response to the consultation.


Employment law

Employment law relevant to recruitment and selection is applicable in Scotland in the same way as it is in England.