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Annual cost of Scottish Government communications team: FOI release

Published: 29 Sep 2017

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/01650
Date received: 15 July 2017
Date responded: 29 August 2017

Information requested

1. The cost to the public purse was of the Scottish Government communications team in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.

2. The cost was of the communications team in each year since 2007; and what the projected costs are for 2017/18.

3. For each year since 2007 how many people were employed within the communications division.

3a. For each of the years, how many of those employed had a press office function.

3b. For each of the years, how many were special advisers.

Response

1&2. The cost of frontline communications staff/press officers in each year since 2007 to the most recent financial year is available at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/cost-of-frontline-communications-staff/

Costs for 2017-18 will be published on the Scottish Government website after the end of the current financial year.

3. The Communications Division has only existed in its current form since 2013-14. As well as frontline communication staff/press officers it includes staff responsible for marketing campaigns, digital platforms, internal engagement, media monitoring and administration/business management.

From 2007-08 to 2012-13 the Communications Division only included frontline communications staff/press officers, media monitoring staff and administration/business management staff (i.e it did not include staff responsible for marketing campaigns, digital platforms and internal engagement). In order to provide comparible figures we have provided an additional column for staff not included within Communications Division from 2007-08 to 2012-13 but involved in the communications related activity specified above.

Numbers of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff vary throughout the financial year and the figures represent staff numbers on just one day of each year (March 31). This means that these figures are a 'snapshot': they do not represent either a total number or average number of staff employed in the year.

Year FTE (Communications Division) FTE (Communications staff not included within Communications Division from 2007-08 to 2012-13)
2007-2008 67 36.9
2008-2009 70.8 35.2
2009-2010 63 42.6
2010-2011 63 39.6
2011-2012 63 42.5
2012-2013 63 51.2
2013-2014 134 N/A
2014-2015 122 N/A
2015-2016 138 N/A
2016-2017 125 N/A

3a. The number of FTE frontline communications staff/press officers is set out in the table below.

Numbers of FTE staff vary throughout the financial year and the figures listed below represent staff numbers on just one day of each year (March 31). This means that these figures are a 'snapshot': they do not represent either a total number or average number of staff employed in the year.

Year FTE
2007-08 51.2
2008-09 48.4
2009-10 44
2010-11 36.41
2011-12 37.97
2012-13 37.28
2013-14 50.14
2014-15 40.9
2015-16 43.7
2016-17 38.6

3b. There are no special advisers employed within Communications Division.

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Published:
29 Sep 2017
Annual cost of Scottish Government communications team: FOI release