Cryptic is committed to the Scottish Government’s Fair Work First policy, enabling and facilitating professional, ethical and productive working environments that stimulate creative freedom and risk taking whilst ensuring that our employees, freelancers and artists participate and engage in all we do.

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Dopey Monkey @ Sonica 2023. Image credit Neil Jarvie.

This is how we do it.


  • We do not use zero hours contracts and pay for any cancelled shifts
  • Company sick pay is paid from Day 1
  • We ensure payment of at least the Real Living Wage and have been a Real Living Wage employer since 2016
  • Payment for freelancers (including artists) based on work completion and made in instalments, typically within 48 hours of invoicing

Effective Voice:

  • We hold weekly team meetings, regular staff 1-2-1, and annual reviews
  • All company briefings are held in person or virtually
  • Staff forums and working groups are managed by members of the team
  • We recognise and respect the right of our employees to be trade union members


  • Wellbeing Policy and external confidential wellbeing support is provided for staff and regular freelancers
  • We invest in workforce with tailored development and training and offer annual IDEA training for staff and Board
  • We monitor and take action to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace – committed to Equal Pay and do not have a Gender Pay Gap
  • We are a Disability Confident Employer
  • We are a signatory to –
    • Keychange;
    • Menopause Workplace Pledge,
    • Equality Action Pledge;
    • Scottish Business Pledge.
  • All internships are paid
  • We offer flexible and family friendly working practices for all workers from Day 1, including fair, inclusive and transparent recruitment processes
  • We oppose the use of fire and rehire practices


  • We have adopted a Code of Conduct for staff, freelancers and artists
  • We have effective Health and Safety policies
  • We have a Bullying and harassment policy and zero tolerance policy to all forms of discrimination