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Expenditure of Education Scotland frontline employees: FOI release

Published: 12 Mar 2021

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

Published:
12 Mar 2021
Expenditure of Education Scotland frontline employees: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100143597
Date received: 24 Jan 2021
Date responded: 11 Feb 2021
Information requested

1. Can you please set out how many FTE frontline communications staff/press officers there have been for each of the ten years to 2019/20. If an average number cannot be sourced, pick March as a snapshot.

1b. How many FTE frontline communications staff/press officers were there in January (snapshot) 2021.

1c. What was the annual cost of employing those frontline staff in all those years 2009/10 - 2019/20.

2. 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 in all those years 2009/10 - 2019/20

2b. How much was spent in those outsourced frontline PR/communications/press office functions, in other words, not in-house but external PR/communications supplied by a private company (as per Q4).

Response

Education Scotland was established on 1 July 2011, therefore we are unable to provide data from before this date.

Staff costs

Total costs for communications/press staff are shown in the table below.

Year

Total

2011-12

£43,668.74

2012-13

£49,423.68

2013-14

£108,180.75

2014-15

£136,175.13

2015-16

£61,564.13

2016-17

£75,354.28

2017-18

£111,171.16

2018-19

£133,886.18

2019-20

£82,996.99


Communications/press staff

Year

No.

Role

2011-12

Two

Head of Comms (20%) and a contracted Press Officer*

2012-13

Two

Head of Comms (20%) and a contracted Press Officer*

2013-14

Two

Head of Comms (20%) and a contracted Press Officer*

until a Temp Comms Manager (started in April 2013)

2014-15

Three

Head of Comms (20%), Temp Comms Manager (until March 2015) and Temp Media Officer (started June

2014)

2015-16

Three

Head of Comms (20%), Comms Manager (75%) (started November 2015) and Temp Media Officer (left April

2016)

2016-17

Three

Head of Comms (20%), Comms Manager (75%) and

Senior Comms Officer (20%) (started August 2016)

2017-18

Four

Head of Comms (60%), Media Officer (100%), Comms

Officer X 2 (Both 20%)

2018-19

Four

Head of Comms (60%) (Post covered by agency staff

while Head of Comms was on maternity leave), Media Officer (100%), Comms Officer X 2 (Both 20%).

2019-20

Four

Head of Comms (60%), Media Officer (100%) (started

September 2019), Comms Officer X 2 (Both 20%)

January 2021

Four

Head of Comms (60%), Media Officer (100%)

Comms Officer X 2 (Both 20%)

*The contracted Press Officer was on a call off procurement contact therefore unable to provide a FTE.

The above costs have been pro-rated based on the approximate time spent by each member of staff.

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