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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23214: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of temporary contractors working on the social security programme in favour of permanent staff.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 22 May 2019

The Programme’s use of contractors is in line with expectations for a programme of this size and stage. The Programme will continue to utilise a mix of permanent, seconded and contractor staff across grades, since a number of posts will not be required on a permanent basis or beyond the life of the Programme.

The Programme has required to date, and will continue to require, specialist resources that are not currently available in the Scottish Government, and where external skills are in short supply across the UK, for example digital, technical and architecture skills.