Education Scotland employee turnover statistics from 2018 onwards: FOI release

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

Information requested

Employee turnover figures for years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (to date) broken down by:

  • Resignation
  • Retirement
  • Dismissal
  • Redundancy


Please see the table below which provides the information you have requested on employee turnover figures:

Year Resignation Retirement Dismissal Redundancy End of
Provisional, or
Fixed Term
Transfer to
2018 5 4 0 0 5 1
2019 12 1 0 0 12 1
2020 12 13 [REDACTED] 0 3 2
2021 8 12 0 0 4 0

However, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b)(personal information) of FOISA applies to that information. The reason why this exemption applies is explained below.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b)(personal information) of FOISA applies to some of the information which has been redacted from the above table. This exemption applies because the information is personal data of a third party, i.e. the number of staff dismissed in 2020, and we feel that disclosing it could lead to identification, it would also contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018.

This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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