When recruiting staff, how you specify the level of skill or competence that you need applicants to have is important. Depending on how you communicate this, you can decrease or increase the pool of potential talent from which to select.

Qualifications in Scotland have changed a great deal over the past few years. Job applicants can now take a variety of routes to their ideal career. So, it is important for employers to understand the broad range of qualifications available.   

The aim of SCQF Inclusive Recruiter is to help employers understand that many different qualifications have the same worth and to encourage use of SCQF Levels in the recruitment process to offer clarity around skills and experience.


The SCQF has 12 levels and covers academic and vocational qualifications delivered at school, college, university and the workplace.

This includes apprenticeships and industry-specific qualifications in fields as varied as food hygiene, counselling and careers advice as well as chartered profession awards such as in banking.




For example:

An Ordinary degree is at SCQF level 9 but so is a Professional Development Award, Scottish Vocational Qualification, Graduate Diploma and Certificate and the Technical and Graduate Apprenticeships.

By using the SCQF levels in your recruitment processes, including your job description and advert, you and your potential employees can better understand the skills you need.

Benefits to Employers:

  • Access to a diverse talent pool
  • Confidence that you can satisfy your skills need
  • Bring new skills and knowledge into your business
  • A better understanding of the broad range of Scottish qualifications and how they compare


Benefits to Individuals:

  • A clearer understanding of the skills required for the job
  • Confidence that you have the skills to make a successful application (saving time when searching vacancies)
  • Confidence that you can meet employer expectations
  • Assurance that the employer has up-to-date knowledge of qualifications 
  • Recognition by the employer of a range of relevant qualifications, both academic and vocational

The Process

Upon completion of a Memorandum of Understanding all staff involved in the recruitment process will receive access to online training. This will include:

  • an introduction to the SCQF
  • an understanding of the broad range of qualifications on the Framework
  • how to level your existing job descriptions
  • an overview of SCQF resources and tools

In addition you will receive materials which will enable you to display the SCQF Inclusive Recruiter logo on your website, job adverts and applications, letterheads and anywhere else you deem appropriate.

Simply complete the form below, or contact us on info@scqf.org.uk, or give us a call on 0141 225 2922

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