Scottish Government staff suspended on full pay: FOI release

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

Information requested

  • How many Scottish Government members of staff are currently suspended on full pay within your organisation?
  • Please state the length of time each staff member has been suspended, if this is not possible, please break them down by those suspended for a year or more, three months or more or one month or more.
  • For each, can you please provide their annual salary. If this is not possible, please provide the salary range/ band along with details of pay grades within the band.


In your request, you asked for information about members of staff. Our response therefore covers Scottish Government staff employed in the core directorates (see Annex A for details). You have asked for information about suspension on full pay. Suspension is only used in very exceptional circumstances and in line with the ACAS guidance. The need to suspend a member of staff is kept under regular review.

As at 8 June 2023 (that is, the date of your request), there were 3 staff members currently suspended on full pay:



Salary range

Case 1

1 year or more

£25,713 to £27,735

Case 2

3 months or more

£25,713 to £27,735

Case 3

1 month or more

£29,102 to £31,941

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI 202300360655 - Information Released - Annex A


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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