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Employment Benefits

We believe that our staff should be recognised and rewarded for the work they undertake. Find out more about the benefits of working at Museums Galleries Scotland

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About us

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for the Scottish museums sector.  We’re here to support more than 400 museums and galleries, whether through strategic investment, advice, advocacy, skills development or other means. You can find out more about our objectives, business plan and day to day goals in the About Us section of our website.

We currently have 40 staff. We have Gold Investors in People accreditation, are a Disability Confident Employer and a Living Wage Employer. We are striving to be an anti-racist organisation


We have a modern open-plan office in central Edinburgh and we are set up for a range of flexible working options. We are a hybrid working organisation with flexibility around working from home and the office.

Hours of work 

The normal full time working week is one of 36.25 hours Monday to Friday with a minimum unpaid lunch break of half an hour. A flexi-time system is in place along with an approach to flexible working. 

Fair pay and remuneration

Clear salary scales

We have a system of clear salary scales that help employees understand their pay and progression.


MGS employees will be automatically enrolled in the Lothian Pension Fund. The employer contribution for 2022/23 was 22.8%.


We have a pre-tax salary sacrifice option to help you purchase a bicycle and equipment that enables you to cycle to work. Secure cycle parking and shower facilities are available in our Edinburgh office.

Investment in learning and development 


Leave and flexibility

Annual leave 

Annual leave entitlement for full-time employees is 25 working days plus 10 public holidays, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ continuous service. (Leave is calculated pro-rata for part-time employees.) 

Flexitime system and flexi leave

Personal development days

Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay

Care for dependents leave 

Career breaks/ special leave

Flexible approach and ability to work from home



Employee Assistance Programme 

All employees have access to an Employee Assistance Programme offering support on a wide range of issues.  

Use of ICOM card

ICOM cards allow free access to museums and exhibitions worldwide

Mental health first aiders

Staff-led social activity