Scottish Prison Service

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The Scottish Prison service runs prisons and young offender institutions in Scotland.

What’s the pay at Scottish Prison Service?

The average pay at Scottish Prison Service is between £11.85 and £19.80 per hour.

This table shows how hourly pay rates at Scottish Prison Service compare across the different types of jobs they offer.

Job Scottish Prison Service pay per hour
Prison officer £12.57–18.19

Last updated 14 May 2023

What is the Real Living Wage?

The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

Location Real Living Wage
London £11.95
Rest of the UK £10.90

What is the legal minimum wage?

The minimum wage is the legal minimum you must be paid per hour.

Age group Legal minimum wage
Under 18 £5.28
18-20 £7.49
21-22 £10.18
23 or older £10.42

How we know this

Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2019 and May 2023.

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What people are saying about pay at Scottish Prison Service

  • Best thing

    Pay, most colleagues.

    Worst thing

    Continious conflict with various people, staff, prisonets, managers.


    Scottish Prison Service Residential Manager, January 2021

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