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Scottish International Offices: FOI release

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


Information requested

1. Confirmation on the number of staff working in the Scottish Government's international offices

2. The pay grades for each staff member in each international office

3. If staff employed at each of the international offices are taxed in the UK or in the country where the office is based

Response

There are currently 37 Scottish Government civil servants working in SG international offices and a further 18 country based posts that are advertised and recruited locally through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Office:

Staff Employed:

Beijing

4

Berlin

3

Brussels

18

Copenhagen

3

Dublin

3

London

13

Ottawa

3

Paris

3

Washington

5

You asked for the number of staff on each Scottish Government pay band in each of these offices and 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.

I can however confirm the combined staff pay grades in all offices listed in your request. The combined totals are 1 x Director, 2 x Deputy Director, 34 x A-C Band and 18 x Country Based Staff and the ranges for these pay grades can be found below.

The country based posts are advertised and recruited locally through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The role profiles are involved in finance, administration and communication and engagement support. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office may have the information you are looking for in relation to locally employed staff. You can contact them at
information.rights@fcdo.gov.uk

Scottish Government Main Pay ranges from April 2022

 

A3

A4

B1

B2

B3

C1

C2

C3

Max-3

 

 

28,702

33,120

41,642

52,355

68,540

 

Max-2

22,182

25,713

29,447

34,725

42,855

54,867

70,923

79,360

Max-1

23,335

26,481

30,440

36,330

44,888

58,849

74,002

80,255

Max

24,488

27,335

31,541

37,936

49,860

65,276

79,109

80,434

Senior Civil Service (SCS) Pay ranges with effect from 1 April 2020

Step

DD1

DD1A

Dir

DG

Target rate-4

£77,340

£77,340

£95,930

£122,605

Target rate-3

£78,814

£78,814

£97,822

£125,037

Target rate-2

£80,287

£80,287

£99,713

£127,468

Target rate-1

£81,760

£81,760

£101,604

£129,899

Target rate

£83,233

£83,233

£103,495

£132,330

Target rate +1 (DD1A)

 

£84,706

 

 

You asked for information on tax arrangements for those working in the Scottish Government's international offices.

Scottish Government civil servants who are recruited to work in an overseas office pay UK tax as per the attached guidelines from HMRC (Income Tax - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)). In relation to country based staff, they are recruited locally through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and we do not hold that information. Tax arrangements for these staff mirror those employed in UK Government overseas offices. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office may have the information you are looking for, you can contact them at information.rights@fcdo.gov.uk.

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.

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

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