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S5W-20406: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) retention, (b) turnover and (c) vacancy rate has been of Social Security Scotland staff.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 20 December 2018

The turnover and retention rates for Social Security Scotland in the period 1 September to 30 November 2018 are shown in the following table.


Turnover (Leaver rate)

Retention rate

1 September – 30 November




Whilst there is no commonly accepted definition of how vacancy rate should be calculated, Social Security Scotland currently has 27 unfilled posts. These are new posts and represent 10.22% of the overall headcount.

No vacancy within the agency has remained unfilled for longer than 3 months.