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Total spend on employing agency staff across the Scottish Government: FOI release

Published: 19 May 2021

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

Published:
19 May 2021
Total spend on employing agency staff across the Scottish Government: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100189133
Date received: 31 Mar 2021
Date responded: 28 Apr 2021
Information requested

Can you please provide the number of Agency Staff you have employed straight across all Departments within the Scottish Government and how much this costs, please break this down by each Department for the last 5 years.

Response

Please see below the spend for the core SG for the last 5 financial years. For 2020/21 this is not yet complete as we have not yet received and validated all of the final quarter management information.

Please note this spend is for the various iterations of the Temporary & Interim Staff Services Frameworks only it doesn’t contain any spend for Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) or staff contracted through any other method as we have no visibility of that.

2016/17 - £15,983,178.54
2017/18 - £13,394,538.92
2018/19 - £21,384,623.73
2019/20 - £29,452,581.53
2020/21 - £28,339,702.46

 

Year

 

Quarter to end:

 

Interim managers

Temporary agency workers

Total head count of Agency workers

 

2017

Mar

77

151

228

Jun

66

140

206

Sep

61

141

202

Dec

61

167

228

 

2018

Mar

72

195

267

Jun

77

218

295

Sep

74

214

288

Dec

79

214

293

 

2019

Mar

79

198

277

Jun

69

195

264

Sep

67

200

267

Dec

62

180

242

 

2020

Mar

73

173

246

Jun

74

163

237

Sep

98

199

297

Dec

98

251

349

These figures are essentially lifted from our quarterly “workforce information” official statistics publication which is assessible using the link provided.
Scottish Government workforce information - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Unfortunately we are unable to provide a breakdown by each department as we do not hold a central record of this.

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