Under a freedom of information request could you please advise how many persons are employed to work for yourselves but are paid off your payroll system as a contractor?
Additionally to the above please provide the pay scale any person covered by the above question is within?
IPSA holds the information that you have requested.
Information on IPSA’s staffing arrangements, including annual costs, are published in the Annual Report and Accounts each financial year. This includes a breakdown of costs by staff type, such as those paid through an agency.
The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. Therefore, as the information you have requested is already available in our annual reports, it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).
The most recent Annual Report relates to the 2015-16 financial year. Information on staff employed during the year can be found at page 36. Information on consultancy expenditure can be found at page 38.
The Annual Report and Accounts for 2016-17 will be published following the end of the financial year. Section 22(1) of the FOIA states that information intended for future publication is exempt from release. We have considered whether the public interest in releasing the information outweighs the application of the exemption. It is our opinion that the public interest is best served by publishing a full and comparable list relating to the whole financial year, rather than on an ad hoc basis, as in this way a clear and complete set of information is published, avoiding any potential confusion. It is for this reason that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure at this stage.
Further information about IPSA’s staffing arrangements can be found on our website here.