Social Security Scotland staffing per grade and Annual Spend Budget: FOI release

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

Information requested

Please provide the following in relation to your procurement department:

Request for information 1: Total annual spend/budget.
Request for Information 2: Number of staff per grade.
Request for information 3: Salary scale for each grade including any retention allowance.


Social Security Scotland has non-staff spend with a value in excess of £60 million per annum, our Procurement and Commercial team support the organisation to ensure this expenditure achieves value for money and compliance with procurement legislation.

Request for information 1:

The 2023/24 staffing budget for the Procurement & Commercial team is £2,287,000. Our current forecast for 2023/2024 is £2,108,749. This includes all employer costs such as salaries, superannuation, national insurance contributions, travel and training.

Request for Information 2:

The breakdown of staff by Scottish Government grade is:

A3 A4 B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3
3 0 4 5 7.89 5.81 2 1

Request for information 3:

As with all Social Security Scotland staff who are employed by the Scottish Government, the salaries of our procurement & commercial colleagues are set by the Scottish Government in line with Scottish Government pay policy. Scottish Government pay policy is informed by UK Government pay policy, public sector spending controls, and the need to recruit, retain and motivate staff.

Some of the information you have requested is then available from Pay grades and working hours within Scottish Government: FOI release - ( Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

The procurement recruitment and retention supplement, also set by the Scottish Government, per grade is as follows:

B2 B3 C1 C2 and C3
£2,250 £3,250 £4,250 £5,250

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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