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Education Scotland employee information 2015 to 2018: FOI release

Published: 2 May 2018

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

Published:
2 May 2018
Education Scotland employee information 2015 to 2018: FOI release

FOI reference: FOI/18/01064
Date received: 6 April 2018
Date responded: 30 April 2018

Information requested

Information relating to Education Scotland (ES) staff working between January 2015 to the present day. Please provide results by email in an Excel format attachment.

1. How many staff have been suspended? Please provide a breakdown for the length of time each suspension was. Please provide a breakdown for when the suspension was put in place and for what reason. Please provide the staff member's job title and department in each case.

2. How many staff have been transferred? Please provide a breakdown for when the transfer was put in place and for what reason. Please provide the staff member's job title and relevant departments in each case.

3. How many staff have stopped working for ES? This includes people being 'fired'. Please provide a breakdown for when the person left work and for what reason. Please provide the staff member's job title and department in each case.

Response

1. How many staff have been suspended? Please provide a breakdown for the length of time each suspension was. Please provide a breakdown for when the suspension was put in place and for what reason. Please provide the staff member's job title and department in each case.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide the information requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b), personal information of FOISA applies to some of the information requested.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some information requested because it is personal data of a third party, e.g. names/contact details of individuals and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This is because releasing this information could lead to the identification of staff members.

This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

2. How many staff have been transferred? Please provide a breakdown for when the transfer was put in place and for what reason. Please provide the staff member's job title and relevant departments in each case.

The information below includes employees directly employed by Education Scotland that transferred across Scottish Government including Scottish Government agencies, bodies and NDBPs from January 2015 to the end of March 2018.

We do not hold information on the job title and relevant department in the format requested. We do not hold complete information on the reason for transfer within Scottish Government, but have provided the information we do have in the tables below.

Breakdown across years Count of employees (numbers)
2015 6
2016 9
2017 25
2018 7
Grand Total 47
Contract type Count of employees (numbers)
Fixed Term Appointment(s) 1
Modern Apprenticeship 1
Permanent 45
Grand Total 47
Transfer to Count of employees (numbers)
Scottish Government agencies 5
Scottish Government core staff 37
Scottish Government Non Departmental Public Bodies 1
Scottish Government other bodies 4
Grand Total 47

3. How many staff have stopped working for ES? This includes people being 'fired'. Please provide a breakdown for when the person left work and for what reason. Please provide the staff member's job title and department in each case.

The information below includes leavers from January 2015 to the end of March 2018 that were directly employed by Education Scotland during this time. We do not hold complete information on the reasons for leaving, but we have provided you with the information that we hold in the table below.

By year

2015 23
2016 18
2017 45
2018 (up to March) 5
Total 91

Reason for leaving

New role outwith Scottish Government 26
End of Fixed Term Contract 8
Retirement 15
Resigned 5
Voluntary Exit 32
Move from Scottish Government Fixed Term to Permanent contract,
Death in service,
Reason for leaving other than above 5
Total 91

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance to identify the leavers using specific numbers, roles or job titles may contravene an exemption under section 38(1)(b), personal information of FOISA applies to some of the information requested.

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG