Scottish Government recruitment statistics: FOI release

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

Information requested

"Can you supply figures of external candidates (those not being employed by the Scottish government) offered employment after a position to work for the Scottish Government is advertised publicly?"


Please see numbers below: -

Date Externally Recruited
April 2020 170
May 2020 106
June 2020 37
July 2020 47
August 2020 42
September 2020 46
October 2020 59
November 2020 151
December 2020 80
January 2021 115
February 2021 167
March 2021 270
Total 1290*

*Total of 1290 includes 267 people transferring into Scottish Government from Other Government Departments after applying as external candidates.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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