Recruiting the Scottish Government’s Director General Economy: FOI release

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

Information requested

Your request was for the following information relating to the process for recruiting the Scottish Government’s Director General Economy, to replace the interim incumbent Louise Macdonald.

  1. A copy of the advertisement for this position, along with the date it was posted, and the places it was posted.
  2. The number of people the Scottish Government contacted directly to invite them to apply for the position.
  3. The number of applications received, and the number of shortlisted candidates.
  4. The number of candidates invited to final panel interviews.


I attach a copy of the advert for the DG Economy role. It was advertised on 10 October 2022 with a closing date of 7 November 2022. The advert was posted on the Scottish Government Work for Scotland vacancy website, Civil Service Jobs, LinkedIn. It was also advertised on the Gatenby Sanderson website as the company was engaged to receive responses to the advert and conduct executive search. We received 13 applications and 4 candidates were shortlisted and interviewed.

As explained above, Gatenby Sanderson was engaged to receive all applications and to conduct executive search. The Scottish Government did not contact any potential candidates directly.

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