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Press Officers: FOI release

Published: 28 Jan 2021

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

Published:
28 Jan 2021
Press Officers: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000112683
Date received: 17 Nov 2020
Date responded: 15 Dec 2020
Information requested

1. How many press officers do you employ
2. How many earn more than £50,000 a year
3. How many earn more than £100,000 a year
4. Can you publish all salary bands for press officers

Response

The numbers of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in the Communications Division varies throughout the financial year and the figures represent staff numbers on just one day of each year (March 31). This means that these figures are a 'snapshot': they do not represent either a total number or average number of staff employed in the year.

1. The number of FTE frontline communications staff/press officers is set out in the table below.

Year

FTE

2019-2020

49.63*

2. The number of FTE frontline communications staff/press officers who earn more than £50,000 is set out in the table below.

Year

FTE

2019-2020

10.63*


3. The number of FTE frontline communications staff/press officers who earn more than £100,000 per year is set out in the table below.

Year

FTE

2019-2020

0*

* FTE figures are from March 31 2020 and are from 19-20 financial year, we do not have 2020-21 financial year information, this will be available from 31st March 2021. Therefore in response to question 4 we are providing the pay scale for 2019 and 2020.

4. Scottish Government main salary bands for Press Officers Pay range from 1 April 2019 and from 1 April 2020 are provided below.

Pay ranges from 1 April 2019 - Scottish Government Main
From April 2019, the following pay ranges apply:

 

B1

B2

B3

C1

C2

C3

Max-3

25,367

29,759

37,418

47,504

62,191

71,881

Max-2

26,359

31,201

38,507

50,949

64,354

72,702

Max-1

27,351

32,644

40,965

54,487

67,148

73,522

Max

28,341

34,087

45,241

59,229

71,781

74,343


Pay ranges from April 2020 - Scottish Government Main
From 1 April 2020, the following pay ranges apply:

 

B1

B2

B3

C1

C2

C3

Max-3

26,155

30,652

38,541

48,930

64,057

74,038

Max-2

27,150

32,138

39,663

52,478

66,285

74,884

Max-1

28,172

33,624

42,194

56,122

69,163

75,728

Max

29,192

35,110

46,599

61,006

73,935

76,574

As these are specialist posts, they carry a professional pay supplement for the following grades of:

  • B2: £2,000 per annum pro rata rising to £3,750 on completion of 12 months' successful service.
  • B3-C3: £3,000 per annum pro rata rising to £5,000 on completion of 12 months' successful service.

Pay supplements are temporary and reviewed every three years. They are paid monthly in addition to basic pay.

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