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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2011-12 Statements

30 April 2013

Report summary

Statements published in accordance with sections 31 and 32 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

(Period covering 1 April 2011 to March 31 2012)

Statements (a) to (d) are published in accordance with section 31(1) and (2) of the Act:

(a) Public Relations spend

SDS undertakes public relations activity to ensure that all of its audiences including employees, employers, school and college leavers are made aware of the full range of opportunities they can get to help develop their skills.

SDS funded over 25,000 modern apprenticeships in 11-12 which required both employers and entrants to be aware of and to engage in the program; it provided careers information, advice and guidance to more than 194,000 individuals and supported nearly 9000 training opportunities to employees of Scottish businesses. SDS incurred costs of £1,815,342.31, including internal staff costs.

(b) Overseas travel

SDS had no expenditure on overseas travel for the financial year 2011-12.

(c) Hospitality and Entertainment given

SDS incurred costs of £2683.66 on hospitality and entertainment in 2011-12.

(d) Consultancy

The Scottish Government defines 'consultancy' as including a wide range of professional services such as management consultancy, IT consultancy, financial consultancy, construction and infrastructure related consultancy, research and evaluation and policy development. Therefore the expenditure contained in this section reflects this definition of external consultancy.

SDS mainly uses external consultancy to undertake specific pieces of work which requires expertise which is not readily available in-house. SDS incurred costs of £259,890 on consultancy for the financial year in 2011-12.

(e) Payments over 25k

The following statement is published in accordance with section 31 (3) of the Act.

SDS is the national skills body for Scotland delivering National Training Programmes - including Modern Apprenticeships, Flexible Training Opportunities and ILA Scotland. The majority of our payments over 25k relate to funding payments made to Training Providers for the delivery of National Training Programmes.

Payments over £25,000 on the National Training Programmes

All other payments over £25,000

(f) Remuneration in excess of £150k

The following statement is published in accordance with section 31 (4) of the Act.

No member of staff at SDS received remuneration in excess of £150,000 for the financial year 2011-12.

(g) Sustainable economic growth

The following statement is published in accordance with section 32(1)(a) of the Act.

Statement on sustainable economic growth 2011-12

(h) Efficiency, effectiveness and economy

The following statement is published in accordance with section 32(1)(b) of the Act.

Statement on efficiency, effectiveness and economy 2011-12