Senior Leadership Team at Social Security Scotland, annual salary and bonuses: FOI release

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

Information requested


You asked for information confirming

a) full details of the annual salary given to each of the staff in the Senior Leadership Team at Social Security Scotland, broken down by staff member and salary amount and

b) full details of any bonuses, outlining the amount of the bonus and who received it, given to any staff on the Senior Leadership Team at Social Security Scotland in the last year.




The details of the Senior Leadership team of Social Security Scotland can be found at the Social Security Scotland Website –
The Chief Executive is graded at Deputy Director Level (SCS Band 1) and other Senior Leadership Team members are substantively graded at C2.
The SG Main pay ranges for the previous pay year 2018-2019 can be found in the table below

Grade Minimum (£) Maximum (£)
A3 18,392 20,732
A4 21,769 23,409
B1 24,580 27,515
B2 28,891 33,094
B3 36,328 43,923
C1 46,889 57,503
C2 60,379 69,690
SCS Band 1   68,000 117,800

Senior Leadership Team salaries will be published in our annual report and accounts, due for publication in Autumn 2019.
Whilst our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38 (1)(b) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why this exemption applies are explained in the Annex to this letter.

No bonuses were paid to Social Security Scotland Senior Leadership Team.
The Scottish Government has not paid out any performance bonuses. The UK Cabinet Office senior civil service pay framework provides for the distribution of nonconsolidated payments in the form of performance bonuses for top performers. However, in line with Scottish Public Sector Pay Policy, the Scottish Government has not paid performance bonuses to staff since 2010.


Reasons for not providing information

An exemption applies under section 38 (1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to this request, it would contravene the Data Protection Principles in Article 4 (1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018. You have requested full annual salary details given to each member of the Senior Leadership Team. Disclosing individual salaries would be a breach of personal data. As such we will provide generic pay sales but are unable to provide individual salaries.


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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