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Student Awards Agency Scotland, Provision of Temporary and Interim Staff Services: FOI release

Published: 29 Apr 2019

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

Published:
29 Apr 2019
Student Awards Agency Scotland, Provision of Temporary and Interim Staff Services: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/00990 FOI/19/01011
Date received: 4 Apr 2019
Date responded: 25 Apr 2019
Information requested

You asked for information listed at [a] to [e] for staff provided under the expired Framework Agreement named at [f]:

[a] Framework Public Bodies Contracts Manager’s or Hiring Manager’s name;

[b] Job Role;

[c] Start Date;

[d] End Date;

[e] Pay Rate.

 [f] Provision of Temporary and Interim Staff Services – Interim Professional – National [Ref: SP-13-022] and [Ref: SP-13-023] awarded 28 April 2015.

Response

In regards to the information requested in point [a], while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide this because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) personal information of FOISA applies.

 

In regards to points [b], [c] and [d], please see table below for Ref: SP-13-022.

Role Start Date End Date
Business Continuity Manager 21/04/2016 29/06/2018
Finance Lead 05/11/2018 22/02/2019
Programme Manager 05/06/2017 30/01/2019
Risk Manager 23/01/2017 29/06/2018

Senior Fraud Investigations

Officer

17/05/2018 27/07/2018

Head of Organisational

Learning and Development

12/11/2018 Current
Programme Finance Lead 15/01/2018 Current
Project Assurance 01/10/2018 Current
Project Manager 01/04/2019 Current

[e] The rate of pay for the above job roles range from £180 - £440 per day. Disclosure of specific pay rates is exempt under section 38(1)(b) personal information and section 33(1)(b) commercial interests of FOISA.

 

In regards to points [b], [c] and [d], please see table below for Ref: SP-13-023.

Role Start Date End Date
Business System Analyst 20/09/2016 08/02/2018
Business System Analyst 20/09/2016 29/06/2018
Infrastructure Engineer 06/11/2017 27/07/2018
Infrastructure Engineer 06/11/2017 04/05/2018
Infrastructure Engineer 14/05/2018 03/08/2018
Oracle DBA 27/03/2017 28/09/2018
Test Analyst 29/08/2016 29/06/2018
Tester 05/09/2016 31/03/2018
IT User Researcher 22/01/2019 Current

Senior Software

Developer

12/09/2016 Current

Senior Software

Developer

14/05/2018 Current
Senior Systems Engineer 08/10/2018 Current
Spring Boot Developer 11/02/2019 Current
Content Designer 28/01/2019 Current

Content Management

Specialist

26/10/2018 Current
UX Designer 20/08/2018 Current
Web Author 04/02/2019 Current
Web Author 11/02/2019 Current
Web Developer 20/08/2018 Current
Web Developer 10/12/2018 Current
Web Developer 11/02/2019 Current

[e] The rate of pay for the above job roles range from £241 - £517 per day. Disclosure of specific pay rates is exempt under section 38(1)(b) personal information and section 33(1)(b) commercial interests of FOISA.

Please see the Annex for more information in relation to the exemptions noted above.

 

ANNEX

An exemption applies 

An exemption(s) under section(s) 38(1) (personal information) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested.   

In your request you have asked information regarding pay rates and start/end date of contracts for each role we have recruited. These are unique to specific employees so releasing the information for these roles would potentially lead to identification of our employees. As we have a duty to protect the personal data of our staff the pay rates for each job role and the Hiring Manager’s name are exempt under section 38(1)(b).  

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 applies, subject to the public interest test

 An exemption under section 33(1)(b) (commercial interests) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. This exemption applies because disclosure of this particular information would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of individuals/companies providing services. Some contracts are still current and commercially confidential.

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.  Although there is a public interest in transparency with the expenditure of public funds there is a greater interest in ensuring that the Scottish Government consistently obtain the best value contracts. Therefore, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding 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
Regent Road
Edinburgh
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