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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 (Scotland): Gillian MacLellan, 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). In its Programme for Scotland 2017-2018, which it published on 5 September 2017, the Scottish Government announced its intention to introduce a Management of Offenders Bill, which will "reduce the length of time for which many people will be required to self-disclose previous offending behaviour" and "make the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 more accessible for individuals and employers using the legislation".

This follows the Scottish Government's 2015 consultation on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and its 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. On 22 December 2015, the Scottish Government published Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974: consultation analysis report. However, it has not yet published its own 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.