Information

Copenhagen office costs: FOI release

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


Information requested

1. Full costs of all Scottish foreign embassies in 2021/22 and breakdown of how much each one has cost.

2. What salary expectations were advertised for the head of the new Copenhagen Scot Gov office?

3. How was that job advertised and what did the job description look like?

4. How much money has been budgeted for staff members at the Copenhagen office?

Response

1. Full costs of all Scottish foreign embassies in 2021/22 and breakdown of how much each one has cost.

1. Details of the budget allocated to the Scottish Government’s international offices for financial year 2020-2021 can be found within FOI/202100227934 Scottish Government international offices: FOI release - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

2. What salary expectations were advertised for the head of the new Copenhagen Scot Gov office?

2. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide a small amount of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA applies to that information. This is because it is personal data of a third party, specifically the salaries of individuals, and disclosing it would 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.

The staff pay grades in Copenhagen are: 2 x A-C Band and 1 x Country Based Staff and the ranges for these pay grades can be found within FOI/202200295836 Pay grades within Scottish Government: FOI release - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

3. How was that job advertised and what did the job description look like?

3. The budget for the Copenhagen office has been published recently in FOI/202200302656 Warsaw/Copenhagen office cost: FOI release - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

4. How much money has been budgeted for staff members at the Copenhagen office?

4. The position was advertised both on the Scottish Government website http://www.work-for-scotland.org/ and on the UK Government’s Civil Service website www.gov.uk. Please see attached for the content of the advert.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.

FOI 202200306600 - Information released

Contact

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

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Back to top