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Programme Delivery Lead, interim professional/IT staff, Social Security Scotland : FOI release

Published: 10 May 2019

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

Published:
10 May 2019
Programme Delivery Lead, interim professional/IT staff, Social Security Scotland : FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/00954
Date received: 1 Apr 2019
Date responded: 7 May 2019
Information requested

 

You asked for the following information:
1. Total value of the interim managers contract for this assignment
2. Duration of the contract award and any option to extend
3. Appointed supplier
4. Daily rate of the supplied resource (including and excluding any supplier markup)
5. Daily rate both excluding and including VAT
6. Number of applicants considered / CV's submitted for marking
7. Details of the IR35 status of the assignment
8. Will the appointed resource pay Scottish Income Tax (either through the supplier or as a citizen)
9. Details of the candidate specification issued to the interim management framework suppliers
10. Details (roles or names) of Scottish Government staff who assessed and scored the supplied candidate CV's
11. Copy of the completed scoring matrix used to make the award

 

Response

 

Please see below the responses to each element of your request:

1. Total value of the interim managers contract for this assignment.
4. Daily rate of the supplied resource (including and excluding any supplier
markup)
5. Daily rate both excluding and including VAT Daily rate (inc and exc VAT and
mark-ups)

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies as the contract concerns the employment of a single individual and their remuneration. As it is personal data of a third party, disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. 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.

An exemption under section 33(1)(b) of FOISA (commercial interests) also applies to the information requested. This exemption applies because disclosure of this particular information would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of the Scottish Government and also of contractors seeking contracts with the Scottish Government. If individual contractors knew the rates of other contractors that could lead to some of those contractors increasing their proposed day rates. Conversely, if individual contractors knew the rates of other contractors that could lead to some of those contractors undercutting their competitors to secure contracts.

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open and transparent government, and to help account for the expenditure of public money. However, there is a greater public interest in protecting the commercial interests of the Scottish Government and the companies which tender for Scottish Government contracts, to ensure that there is fair competition between suppliers and we are always able to obtain the best value for public money.

2. Duration of the contract award and any option to extend

The contract commenced on 25 January 2019 and is for an initial period of 6 months, with the possibility of extending for three further periods of six months.

3. Appointed supplier.

Parity Professionals

6. Number of applicants considered / CV's submitted for marking

One application was submitted from the three suppliers invited to bid for the contract.

7. Details of the IR35 status of the assignment

The assignment falls within IR35.

8. Details of the candidate specification issued to the interim management framework suppliers

The candidate specification was included as Schedule 1 of the Order Form. A copyof that has been included as an attachment to this letter.
Redactions of personal information of officials have been made using an exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information). As this is personal data of a third party, disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018.

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.

9. Will the appointed resource pay Scottish Income Tax (either through the supplier or as a citizen)

We do not hold the information requested.

10. Details (roles or names) of Scottish Government staff who assessed and scored the supplied candidate CV's

The candidate application was scored and assessed by the Social Security Programme Director.

11. Copy of completed scoring matrix used to make the award

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies as this is an assessment of a single individual. As it is personal data of a third party, disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. 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.

 

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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 Andrews House
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Edinburgh
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