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Breakdown of external recruitment campaign for senior policy manager: FOI release

Published: 9 Jul 2021

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

Published:
9 Jul 2021
Breakdown of external recruitment campaign for senior policy manager: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100212881
Date received: 13 Jun 2021
Date responded: 6 Jul 2021
Information requested

For post IRC85923E - 
1. Total number of applicants.
2. Split Internal v External applicants.
3. Number of External applicants aged over 50.

Split of successful applicants Internal v External, including number over 50 in each category. Noting: in respect of this request, Internal includes contractors - fixed term or any other non-permanent employment contract - who were already working for the Scottish Government.

For the years 2018-2020 - 
1. Total number of posts filled split by job family, e.g. Policy Delivery, Communications, Procurement, Front of House, Operational Delivery.
2. Total number of applicants split by job family.
3. Successful applicants for each job family:-
4. Internal v External (Internal definition as above)
5. Number of successful applicants aged over 50 (including Internal v External split)

Response

IRC85923E
1.Total number of applicants: 297

2. Internal vs External Applicants: Looking at the applications and whether candidates had indicated an existing employee number or grade, 29 candidates of the total 297 candidates were employees of SG of a SG Agency. However, it should be noted that this is not a fool-proof method of identifying candidates who already worked for SG, as it is possible that there were some individuals who did work SG but simply did not include their employee number or grade as part of their application.

3. External applicants ≥ 50: 82

4. We are unable to provide a further breakdown of this data due to the fact that we supress any percentages < 5% when it comes to personal data.

Regarding information requested relating to the period 2018 – 2020:
I have included 3 Internal Recruitment tables below which include applicant numbers, the number of posts filled through Internal Recruitment and the number of successful of successful applicants broken down by Professional Group as well as total cumulative figures.

Please note that we use disclosure control to suppress reporting of small groups in order prevent the potential identification of individual members of staff. In this instance any groups of staff between 1 and 4 (inclusive) have been replaced by *. We do not suppress a zero figure. It is also necessary to apply secondary suppression to prevent the calculation of a suppressed figure.

Internal Recruitment 2018

Professional Group

Applicant Numbers

Number of posts filled through internal recruitment/successful applicants per job family

Communication & Marketing

1566

67

Economics

309

25

Engineering

63

14

Finance

1116

70

Front of House

233

8

Health

210

21

Human Resources

1152

83

Information Technology

1294

93

Internal Audit

22

*

Legal

339

52

Librarian

55

0

Operational Delivery

9307

651

Other

9562

418

Planning

370

8

Policy Delivery

9333

629

Procurement

281

20

Schools Inspection

103

*

Science

525

35

Social Research

68

*

Statistics

223

18

Strategy

25

*

Tax Inspection

525

11

Totals

36681

2230

Internal Recruitment 2019

Professional Group

Applicant Numbers

Number of posts filled through internal recruitment/successful applicants per job family

Communication & Marketing

488

46

Economics

115

14

Engineering

75

*

Finance

1127

66

Front of House

340

13

Health

511

42

Human Resources

1001

67

Information Technology

598

82

Internal Audit

62

*

Legal

118

24

Librarian

40

*

Operational Delivery

8629

445

Other

12400

388

Planning

36

*

Policy Delivery

9520

569

Procurement

342

39

Schools Inspection

409

12

Science

170

38

Social Research

526

25

Statistics

607

32

Strategy

68

5

Tax Inspection

165

9

Veterinarian

11

*

Totals

37358

1928

Internal Recruitment 2020

Professional Group

Applicant Numbers

Number of posts filled through internal recruitment/successful applicants per job family

Communication & Marketing

415

28

Economics

22

6

Engineering

14

*

Finance

659

38

Health

153

11

Human Resources

1057

42

Information Technology

202

23

Internal Audit

*

*

Legal

114

25

Librarian

*

*

Operational Delivery

4083

227

Other

3903

209

Planning

11

*

Policy Delivery

6083

452

Procurement

123

16

Schools Inspection

*

*

Science

84

16

Social Research

21

8

Statistics

*

*

Strategy

24

5

Tax Inspection

5

0

Totals

16984

1116

I have included 3 External Recruitment tables below which include applicant numbers, the number of posts filled through External Recruitment and the number of successful of successful applicants broken down by Professional Group as well as total cumulative figures.

External Recruitment 2018

Professional Group

Applicant Numbers

Number of posts filled through internal recruitment/successful applicants per job family

Communication & Marketing

1477

36

Economics

296

19

Engineering

*

0

Finance

2882

30

Front of House

41

*

Human Resources

783

16

Information Technology

1648

59

Internal Audit

107

8

Legal

437

51

Librarian

55

0

Operational Delivery

5864

320

Other

15357

430

Planning

350

5

Policy Delivery

1985

54

Procurement

205

5

Schools Inspection

38

*

Science

1321

28

Social Research

820

16

Statistics

1021

68

Tax Inspection

479

6

Veterinarian

*

0

Totals

35177

1153

External Recruitment 2019

Professional Group

Applicant Numbers

Number of posts filled through internal recruitment/successful applicants per job family

Communication & Marketing

2218

40

Engineering

76

*

Finance

1929

37

Front of House

439

8

Health

236

5

Human Resources

2894

31

Information Technology

1508

35

Internal Audit

49

8

Legal

1016

43

Librarian

518

11

Operational Delivery

15967

553

Other

19907

300

Planning

290

12

Policy Delivery

3968

40

Procurement

247

*

Schools Inspection

406

12

Science

696

23

Social Research

650

27

Statistics

1112

51

Veterinarian

23

*

Totals

54149

1246

External Recruitment 2020

Professional Group

Applicant Numbers

Number of posts filled through internal recruitment/successful applicants per job family

Communication & Marketing

2844

32

Economics

84

6

Engineering

17

*

Finance

2361

36

Front of House

697

*

Health

139

5

Human Resources

2285

42

Information Technology

1775

54

Legal

495

*

Librarian

44

*

Operational Delivery

13855

285

Other

22271

131

Planning

21

*

Policy Delivery

5567

66

Procurement

1043

12

Schools Inspection

22

0

Science

1470

29

Social Research

835

37

Statistics

223

*

Strategy

74

*

Veterinarian

23

*

Totals

56145

753

I have provided below the number of successful applicants aged over 50 including an Internal v External split. The data covers up to the stage of the recruitment process where a candidate start date has been agreed (ie a start date was agreed with the successful applicant).

All Applicants

2018

2019

2020

Applied External

2446

4622

4893

Applied Internal

1414

1579

1086

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Has Agreed Start Date

2018

2019

2020

Applied External

106

138

90

Applied Internal

175

159

97


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