Breakdown of Disclosure Scotland recruitment: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. How many new permanent hires joined your organisation in 2022?

2. How many new permanent hires came through external providers in 2022?

3. How many team members work in your Recruitment Team?

4. What is your time to hire from adverting to onboarding?

5. What was your attrition rate in 2022?

6. What is your average cost per hire (including attraction and screening) in 2022?

7. How much did you spend with external providers of permanent recruitment in 2022?

8. How many unique agency contractors/temps/interims did you use in 2022?

9. How much did you spend on agency contractors/temps/interims in 2022?

10. Are you meeting your diversity targets? (yes or no)

11. How many candidates applied for roles in 2022? What is your candidate drop-out rate?

12. Which systems do you use for your permanent recruitment process?


1. There were 37 new permanent hires who joined our organisation in 2022.

2. None - all permanent hires were recruited through fair and open competition, in line with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. There were no organisations external to our own involved in this process.

3. We have one full time Resourcing Manager who links in with the SG Resourcing Team.

4. Currently, the time taken between the advert being posted and a conditional offer being made is 65 days. This is an average figure for external recruitment campaigns, which are open to everyone to apply for. The average time taken from advert being posted to a candidate starting in post, taking into account notice periods and pre-employment checks is 103 days.

5. The attrition rate for 2022 was 4.75%.

6. We are unable to provide this information, advertising costs are paid from a central budget across SG Main, and this would not be able to be split between specific business areas.

7. There are no external providers - organisations external to our own – used for permanent recruitment in 2022, hence the spend was zero.

8. There were 109 unique agency contractors/temps/interims used in 2022.

9. The total amount spent was £7,898,163.

10. The Scottish Government or any of the Executive Agencies or Delivery Bodies do not set diversity targets. We conform with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles and hold all permanent recruitment through fair and open competition.

11. There were 713 applications in this time frame. The drop-out rate – the number and/or percentage of candidates who have failed to complete the recruitment process, i.e. to be offered or declined the role - was 12% (89 of which were withdrawn).

12. The Scottish Government and all of the Executive Agencies and Delivery Bodies use the ICIMS (Internet Collaborative Information Management Systems) applicant tracking system. For our preemployment security checks we use a system called Amiqus.

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