Scotland’s new welfare headquarters in Dundee has been swamped with job applications.
Nearly 600 people have applied for 80 posts at the social security agency’s head office.
The site for the HQ has still not been confirmed, but Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman told a press briefing that the temporary location for the city centre offices will be revealed next week.
Holyrood is to take control of £3.3 billion worth of benefits from Westminster by 2021, including personal independence payments and carer’s allowance.
The first devolved benefits are due to be distributed in Scotland in the summer.
“We have just closed the application window for the first set of jobs in the headquarters in Dundee,” she said.
“We have had 500-plus applications for that and so will start moving to the next bit of the recruitment exercise.
“We’ll continue in the same way as we are incrementally taking responsibility for each of the benefits.
“We are incrementally building the agency, so we will start recruiting successive tranches of staff.”
A total of 584 applications were made for the first batch of jobs in Dundee — 80 positions to administer carer’s allowance supplement from this summer.
On the location of the offices, she said: “We should announce in the next week or so where the interim premises will be for the Dundee headquarters.
“We’ve always said that both the Dundee headquarters and the Glasgow site will be centrally located and public facing — they are not going to be in a business park and they’re not going to be a big shed nobody can get to.”