Recruitment

Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 7th October 2010.

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Photo of Derek Brownlee Derek Brownlee Conservative 2:15 pm, 7th October 2010

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been recruited externally and internally by it and its agencies since February 2010, and how many of these posts were permanent. (S3O-11572)

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

In the Scottish Government core, 179 people were externally recruited and 305 people were internally recruited. In Scottish Government agencies, 69 people were externally recruited and 54 people were internally recruited. Of the 179 externally recruited posts in the Scottish Government core, 83 were permanent. Of the 69 externally recruited posts in Scottish Government agencies, 47 were permanent.

Photo of Derek Brownlee Derek Brownlee Conservative

Those figures come when the Scottish Government has a presumption against external recruitment. How much has that presumption saved on what would have been spent if it had not been in place?

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

That question is difficult to answer. The judgment about whether to fill posts internally or externally is based on whether a business case for appointments exists. It is not automatically presumed that a post must be filled. A judgment is applied to whether it is essential to fill the post, given the financial constraints in which we operate.

I assure Mr Brownlee that the recruitment constraints that I have described to Parliament are key to managing the number of people who work in the Scottish Government. As I have said, recruitment cannot be halted entirely, because some posts require to be filled to maintain the proper operation of the Government's functions at the core and agency levels.