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Outsourced frontline communications staff/press officers: FOI release

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

Published:
24 Mar 2021
Outsourced frontline communications staff/press officers: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100143590
Date received: 24 Jan 2021
Date responded: 19 Feb 2021
Information requested

1. How many FTE frontline communications staff/press officers have been employed that have been outsourced, In other words, not in-house but external PR/communications supplied by a private company between 2009/10 and 2019/20. If an average number isn't available, pick March as a snapshot.

1a. How much was spent on outsourced frontline PR/communications/press office functions, in other words, not in-house but external PR/communications supplied by a private company.

Response

Question 1
The Scottish Government do not outsource frontline communications staff/press officers. Public Relation agencies are appointed by the Scottish Government to support marketing and public engagement campaigns only.

Question 1a
The Scottish Government do not outsource frontline communications staff/press officers. Public Relation agencies are appointed by the Scottish Government to support marketing and public engagement campaigns only.

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