Full-time equivalent media officers: FOI release

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

Information requested

Please provide the number of FTE media officers employed by the Scottish government in the financial years 2020/21, 2019/20, 2018/19, 2017/18, and 2016/17. Please also provide the budget for the Scottish government's media relations department in each of those years.


1. The number of FTE frontline communications staff/press officers for each year from 2014 to 2020 have been previously published: Numbers of FTE staff vary throughout the financial year and the figures represent staff numbers on just one day of each year, March 31st. This means that these figures are a 'snapshot': they do not represent either a total number or average number of staff employed in the year. This information has been previously published and can be found below:

The number of FTE frontline communications staff/press officers is set out in the table below.





* FTE figures are from March 31 2021

2. The cost of frontline communications staff/press officers in each year since 2007 to the most recent financial year is available at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/cost-of-frontline-communications-staff/. We intend to publish the costs for 2020-21 on the Scottish Government website within 12 weeks.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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