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Recruitment and Retention Allowances

Freedom of information: Recruitment and Retention Allowances

5 September 2013

Thank you for your e-mail of 9 August 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) asking for the following:

1. Broken down by financial years 2010/11, 11/12 and 12/13, how much has been paid to staff in "recruitment and retention allowances" and how many staff have received these allowances in each of these 3 financial years?

2. Please provide me with all guidance held by the Crown Office explaining which types of staff qualify for "recruitment and retention awards" and the amounts of money that can be given.

3. Broken down by financial years 2010/11, 11/12 and 12/13, how much has been paid to staff in "private office allowances" and how many staff have received these awards in each of these 3 financial years?

4. Broken down by financial years 2010/11, 11/12 and 12/13, how much has been paid to staff in "reserved rights to London weighting and London allowances" and how many staff have received these allowances in each of these 3 financial years?

We have now completed our search for the information you request, and my response is undernoted.

1. Broken down by financial years 2010/11, 11/12 and 12/13, how much has been paid to staff in "recruitment and retention allowances" and how many staff have received these allowances in each of these 3 financial years?

I can advise that in the financial year 2010/2011, a total of £12,031.56 was paid to five staff; in the financial year 2011/2012, a total of £12,000 was paid to four staff and in the financial year 2012/2013, a total of £12,000 was paid to four staff.

2. Please provide me with all guidance held by the Crown Office explaining which types of staff qualify for "recruitment and retention awards" and the amounts of money that can be given.

Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA) is used to overcome a difficulty in recruiting and/or retaining staff. The cause of the difficulty may be location or it may be because the applicable pay range is insufficient to recruit and retain suitably qualified staff for particular posts. The annual allowance is £3000.

3. Broken down by financial years 2010/11, 11/12 and 12/13, how much has been paid to staff in "private office allowances" and how many staff have received these awards in each of these 3 financial years?

COPFS has not made any payments to staff in respect of "private office allowances" in the financial years 2010/11, 11/12 and 12/13.

4. Broken down by financial years 2010/11, 11/12 and 12/13, how much has been paid to staff in "reserved rights to London weighting and London allowances" and how many staff have received these allowances in each of these 3 financial years?

COPFS has not made any payments to staff in respect of "reserved rights to London weighting and London allowances" in the financial years 2010/2011, 11/12 and 12/13.