Annex F Scottish Government Operating Costs
The total operating costs for the Scottish Government are aligned with the portfolio budget that they support. The total operating costs for a portfolio are all the core Scottish Government staff and associated operating costs incurred directly by the portfolio, plus a share of the costs, such as accommodation, IT, legal services, and HR, that cannot be readily attributed to individual portfolios. The budget for corporate capital projects is allocated entirely to the Finance and Economy Portfolio.
Through the operating costs budget, we will ensure that the organisation has the capacity and capability to support the functions of government and the delivery of the priority outcomes and objectives set by Ministers and the people of Scotland.
Scottish Government workforce
The growth in Scottish Government workforce numbers reflects the changing nature of its business, the addition of new powers and responsibilities and addressing the practical implications of EU Exit. Since early 2020, the Scottish Government workforce has responded to the continuing impact of, and recovery from, COVID-19, setting up a range of new functions. More recently the Government has had to respond to the conflict in Ukraine and the cost-of-living crisis, as well as the establishment of ScotWind within our wider Net Zero commitments. These factors, alongside pay inflation, have driven the growth in our operating costs.
To support our aims of an efficient and effective workforce, the Scottish Government put enhanced recruitment controls in place in April 2022 to ensure the organisation continues to deploy its resources flexibly, with any required growth focused on priority areas.
Workforce numbers are regularly published as part of the Scottish Government Workforce Information publication.
Scottish Government operating costs
The total operating cost budget for the Scottish Government in 2023-24 is £696.1 million. This represents 1.2 per cent of the overall Scottish Budget (as measured by Total Managed Expenditure).
Portfolio total operating costs are summarised in Table F.01.
|Health and Social Care
|Social Justice, Housing and Local Government
|Finance and Economy
|Education and Skills
|Justice and Veterans
|Net Zero, Energy and Transport
|Rural Affairs and Islands
|Constitution, External Affairs and Culture
|Deputy First Minister and Covid Recovery
1. The 2021-22 operating costs budget has been re-stated, mainly to address an inconsistency with the Finance and Economy chapter presentation and to reflect baseline transfers.
2. The 2022-23 operating costs budget has been re-stated, to reflect baseline transfers.
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