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S5W-05426: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on its senior (a) civil service and (b) agency posts being filled on an interim basis by staff hired through agencies or third-party employers; how many positions are currently filled in this manner, and have been in each of the last five years, broken down by the (i) position filled and (ii) name of the agency or third party-employer; what criteria are used to determine whether such an appointment is necessary; what role its (A) Director-General, Finance and (B) finance directorate have in the process, and whether the final decision on each is subject to ministerial approval and if so, whether it will provide details of which ministers have approved these.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 December 2016

Senior Civil Service posts in Scottish Government core departments and agencies are filled though a variety of recruitment methods including permanent recruitment, fixed term appointments, inward secondment arrangements and service level agreements. However in July 2015 the Deputy Director, Internal Audit role was filled on a temporary, part time basis, following a tendering process using the UK Crown Commercial Service ConsultancyOne contract for internal audit services. The contract included the delivery of a strategic review of Internal Audit services and was concluded in June. The senior roles in Internal Audit have now been filled following internal promotion exercises.