Working in Argyll and Bute

Working here

Argyll and Bute Council employs over 4300 staff in over 200 different locations across our diverse, rural and island area. We are a people organisation, delivering services every day to the people of Argyll and Bute and to do that we have to have the right people with the right skills and attitudes in the right place at the right time. We value our employees and make sure that as an employer we provide support, training and development opportunities for a great career with us.

You will find some information about the Council as an employer here. If you have any further queries or would like more information about working in Argyll and Bute, please email

The People Strategy sets out the Council’s approach to managing employees and creating a workforce for the future.

We aim to be the best

We are ambitious for our area and, working with our partners, we aim to grow the economy and our population for the future. In order to do this, and to deliver the best services we can, we need to employ the best people possible – people who care about the community they’re part of and who want to help make it better – people with the drive and ambition to make things happen.

Our Single Outcome Agreement sets out the key objective to build a prosperous economy and a growing population. We share this with our partners in the public, private and third sector. We make the best use of the resources that we have through working closely with Councillors and members of the wider community and to make real changes to the lives of people in Argyll and Bute.

We serve the second largest local authority region in Scotland and aim to provide great service to everyone in the region, whether they live in the heart of a busy town or on a remote island croft.

The work we do impacts on the lives of everyone who lives in the region. Whenever they need to register a birth, enrol a child in school, pay their Council Tax, order a wheelie bin or secure planning permission, we’re there for them.

We employ people in a variety of roles, from frontline staff to support staff, as well as jointly with our partner authorities and agencies. Our team operates across a range of urban and rural locations in areas spanning the spectrum from manual to executive roles.

Whatever the role, wherever it’s based, everyone in our team is supported throughout their career, thanks to our training and development programmes. Plus, in addition to competitive salaries they enjoy a host of benefits such as generous annual leave, final salary pension (career average from April 2015) and Group Life Assurance schemes, the option of flexible working patterns or job share (depending on their roles) and, where appropriate car lease schemes and other allowances.

Fair Work First Statement

Fair Work First is the Scottish Government’s flagship policy for driving high quality and fair work across the labour market in Scotland by applying fair work criteria to grants, other funding and contracts being awarded by and across the public sector, where it is relevant to do so. Through this approach, the Scottish Government is asking employers to adopt fair working practices. Argyll and Bute Council is committed to advancing the Fair Work criteria, and to providing a positive employee experience.  

Read Argyll and Bute Council’s Fair Work First Statement