Special Advisers

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 22nd November 1999.

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Photo of Mike Watson Mike Watson Labour

Question S1W-2650

To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made to determine the salaries of Special Advisers and how these arrangements will be administered.

Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar Labour

A Special Advisers Remuneration Committee (Scotland) has been established to advise me and the Permanent Secretary on all aspects of Special Advisers pay and conditions. The members of the Committee are the Minister for Finance in the Chair, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Principal Establishment Officer at the Scottish Executive. The Committee has established a systematic and objective approach to the determination of Special Advisers’ pay. It has agreed that there will be 3 pay ranges to reflect the experience and expertise which individual Special Advisers will bring and the role they will play. Range 1 will have a minimum of £16,660 and a maximum of £32,538. Range 2 will have a minimum of £28,188 and a maximum of £52,383. Range 3 will have a minimum of £41,550 and a maximum of £82,650.

The Committee has agreed that the factors which would be taken into account when deciding to which pay range and salary level an Adviser should be allocated would be:

previous earnings; previous experience; role to be undertaken; the nature of responsibility; internal relativities among Advisers; relativities with Civil Servants.

The minima and maxima of the 3 Ranges will be revalorised annually on 1 April based on the recommendations made by the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) for the Senior Civil Service paybands. The same factor will then be used to revise each individual’s salary within the range. The Remuneration Committee will determine the need for any future review of salary on a case by case basis when setting the initial salary level.

Committee Individual salaries will remain confidential in order to protect the privacy of those concerned. However, the Special Advisers Remuneration (Scotland) under the chairmanship of the Minister for Finance has now decided the following allocation to the three Special Adviser Pay Ranges:

Range 1 (minimum of £16,660-maximum of £32,538)

One Adviser

Range 2 (minimum of £28,188-maximum of £52,383)

Four Advisers

Range 3 (minimum of £41,550-maximum of £82,650)

Four Advisers.

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