For the financial year ending on 31 March 2012, the total revenue expenditure of the Scottish Parliament was £72.4 million. This figure is made up of:
- administration and property running costs for the Parliament of £16.2 million
- parliamentary staff salaries of £21.9 million
- MSP salaries of £13.2 million
- Members' costs (which enable the MSPs to obtain staff and accommodation to help them carry out their parliamentary duties) of £12.8 million.
- funding for the salaries and running costs of the Commissioners and Ombudsman of £8.3 million.
The staff of the Scottish Parliament are employed by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB). The SPCB currently employs around 500 people.
Further information on how the Scottish Parliament is staffed and a link to an organisation chart are available in the Scottish Parliamentary Service section of our website.
Recruitment opportunities within the Scottish Parliament are listed on our website whenever a new position becomes available. They are also advertised on the s1jobs.com website. Please note that we are unable to hold notes of interest or CVs.
MSPs are responsible for employing their own researchers and constituency staff, and they have separate arrangements for recruitment. Contact details for political parties and individual members can be found in the factsheets section of our website.
If you are interested in a student placement at the Scottish Parliament, you can contact our Human Resources Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application pack.
MSPs are responsible for arranging their own student placement programmes and internships. Contact details for political parties and individual members can be found in the factsheets section of our website.
If you wish to supply the Scottish Parliament with any goods or services, you can register your company’s details on In-Tend, the Parliament’s e-Procurement system. This will ensure that you are notified of any tender exercises that may be of interest to you.
Information on our procurement policies and on how to register with In-Tend is available in the Procurement Services section of the website.
The Scottish Parliament corporate identity (logo), comprising the badge and the words 'The Scottish Parliament' and 'Pàrlamaid na h-Alba', is the property of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and cannot be reproduced without its specific prior approval. Further information can be found in the Use of The Corporate Identity section.
A range of images of the Scottish Parliament that can be downloaded are available on our website at Images. This page also provides information about the conditions under which these images can be used.
If you cannot find a suitable image among the selection on the website, please contact Public Information and Publications.
The first official Scottish Parliament tartan was launched on 23 June 2009. The competition to design it was won by Teri Scott, and the tartan, which consists of purples and greens, was inspired by the ‘year of homecoming’.
There are five demountable flagpoles outside the public entrance to the Scottish Parliament building. Three of these are in constant use as the Union Flag, the Saltire and the European Union flag are flown throughout the year; the fourth and fifth flagpoles are put in place when required.
When heads of state, heads of government or officially invited guests visit, the appropriate flag of the visiting dignitary is flown from a flagpole. The appropriate flag is also flown on certain days that are officially recognised by the Parliament such as Commonwealth Day United Nations Day and Armed Forces Day. The Royal Standard is flown during a visit by Her Majesty The Queen or during a state visit (that is, when a head of state visits and is accompanied by a member of the royal family).
There is no central service within the Scottish Parliament for distributing emails to MSPs. If you wish to email a number of MSPs, you will have to contact them individually. A list of email addresses for all MSPs can be found in the factsheets section of our website.
It is possible to ask our mail room to distribute documents to a number of MSPs. Please place each letter or document in an envelope with the name of the relevant MSP on the outside; you can then post these as a single package. (If you wish to send a document to all MSPs, it is not necessary to put each one in a separate envelope, but please enclose 129 copies.) All such packages should be marked "Documents for distribution" and sent to the address below:
The Mail Room
The Scottish Parliament
You can normally deliver letters to the Scottish Parliament by hand. If you wish to do so, please take your letters to the garage entrance to the Parliament building, which is at the bottom of Holyrood Road. (A map is available on the How To Find Us page.)
At times of increased security, however, we may not be able to accept hand-delivered packages. If you wish to check before coming to the Parliament, please contact Public Information and Publications.
We do not have an in-house magazine for staff and MSPs or a notice board on which members of the public can display messages or adverts within the Scottish Parliament. We are also unable to circulate emails concerning non-parliamentary matters.