Project lead posts filled using SLA workers: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02699
Date received: 30 October 2017
Date responded: 22 November 2017

Information requested

[SLA – service level agreement]

You asked in your correspondence:

"in the last 3 years how many Scottish Government project lead posts have been filled using this closed in house method, circumventing the formal recruitment process".


We have understood "closed in house method" to refer to service level agreements as we understand from your letter that the project lead requirement that you refer to may have been met by this means. The Scottish Government's Human Resources central recording system has provided that the number of SLA workers started in each of the last 3 years were as follows: -

Year SLA workers
2015 21
2016 20
2017 24

The system does not hold information as to whether these related to project lead posts. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have all of the information you have requested as this is not held centrally.

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The Scottish Government
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