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Tobacco Control Team staff information: FOI review

Published: 16 Jul 2019

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

Published:
16 Jul 2019
Tobacco Control Team staff information: FOI review
FOI reference: FOI/19/01458
Date received: 16 Jun 2019
Date responded: 16 Jul 2019
Information requested

Further to my emails of 28 June 2019 and 15 July 2019, I have now completed my review of our response to your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

To request how many staff work in the Scottish Government on the:-

  • Tobacco Control Team in 2019?
  • Tobacco control Team in 2012 to 2018?
  • To request how many staff working in the Scottish Government Tobacco Team in 2019 earn more than £20,000 per annum?
  • To request how many staff working in the Scottish Government Tobacco Team in 2012 to 2019 earn more than £20,000 per annum?
  • To request how many staff working in the Scottish Government Tobacco Team in 2019 earn less than £20,000 per annum?
  • To request how many staff working in the Scottish Government Tobacco Team in 2012 to 2019 earn less than £20,000 per annum?

Tobacco Team Salaries

  • To ask if any of the staff earning less than £20,000 per annum had their salaries reduced by £1,000 in the last two years?
  • To ask if any of the staff earning more than £20,000 had their salaries increased by more than £5,000 in the last two years?
Response

I have concluded that the decision should be confirmed but further clarification should also be provided. The Scottish Government’s HR Business Partners and Corporate Analytical Services colleagues have been able to supply salary scale information for the team in question. They have confirmed that neither staff grades nor pay tables are considered sensitive. The Scottish Government publishes policy documents relating to public sector pay as a matter of course, including on staff pay remits. Further information is available at the following web address:
https://www.gov.scot/policies/public-sector-pay/staff-pay-remits/.

There have been no reductions in the values of any of the pay steps; the only waysomeone would incur a reduction in salary is if they had changed their working pattern to reduce the hours they work, or if they were demoted. Salaries increase when the annual pay review is applied or by being promoted. No one has had their salary reduced by £1,000 or increased by £5,000 in the last two years.

Table 1. Grade structure of directly employed staff in the tobacco control team.

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
C2 B3 B3 C1 C1 C1 C1 C1
B2 B2 B3 B3 B3 B3 B3 B3
    B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 B2
        A4 B1 B1 B1

Table 2. Salary range for directly employed staff for the relevant grades as at the 31st of March for each of the relevant years.

31st March Grade Min Max
2016 A4 19606 22034
2017 B1 23383 26448
2018 B1 23617 26713
2019 B1 24580 27515
2012 B2 25165 30267
2013 B2 25165 30267
2014 B2 25417 30570
2015 B2 25799 31029
2016 B2 27755 31340
2017 B2 27755 31811
2018 B2 28033 32130
2019 B2 28891 33094
2014 B3 32572 40575
2015 B3 32572 41184
2016 B3 34919 41596
2017 B3 34919 42220
2018 B3 35269 42643
2019 B3 36328 43923
2015 C1 44174 53918
2016 C1 46424 54458
2017 C1 46424 55275
2018 C1 46889 55828
2019 C1 46889 57503
2012 C2 52595 63743

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