Freedom of Information releases

SE pay award 2021

SE pay award 2021: FOI release (reference 4897)

Date received

3 May 2021

Date responded

27 May 2021

Information requested

I was wondering whether the 2021 employee pay review/settlement has now been finalised and implemented.

If so, please find enclosed a Freedom of Information request regarding this matter.


Q1. Please state the effective date (day, month and year) of your organisation’s 2021 pay review.

Response: 1 April 2021.

Please note there are different provisions within public sector pay policy for all staff and senior appointments (which includes our Chief Executive Officer (CEO)). Further details are provided below.

Q2. If the 2021 pay review has yet to be finalised please state the month in which you anticipate it will be concluded.

Response: For all staff, Scottish Enterprise has implemented an interim pay award based on public sector pay policy with effect from 1 April 2021. We have started formal negotiations with trade unions on other aspects of the pay award, however this is ongoing, hence we cannot currently say when this will conclude. For CEO, the pay award is finalised; and it is not subject to pay negotiations at a local level.

Q3. Please state the employee group/s covered by the 2021 pay review. Response: Employees on the UK payroll.

Q4. Please state the total number of employees covered by the 2021 pay review.

Response: 1094 employees plus our CEO.

Q5. Please provide a copy of your 2021 pay agreement (if applicable) or generic pay circular sent to employees (that is one that does not identify any individual employee) outlining the outcome of the latest pay review if there are no collective negotiations.

Response: A copy of the interim pay award communication sent to all staff is attached at Appendix A.

Q6. Please state the % consolidated basic pay rise received by the lowest-paid adult (aged 18 and over) employee as a result of the latest pay review, excluding the effect of any incremental progression, merit pay or bonuses.

Response: The basic increase for our lowest paid employee was £800/3.89%.

Q7. If an employee’s annual pay award is determined solely according to an assessment of their individual performance (commonly known as a merit increase) as opposed to an across-the-board pay rises (where all employees generally receive the same increase irrespective of their individual performance) please state the percentage of the paybill allocated to fund these awards, the range of increases and whether or not the awards are consolidated.

Response: Not applicable, as Scottish Enterprise do not use performance-based pay/merit increases.

Q8. If any employees were eligible for individual performance-related payments or bonuses over and above the general pay rise please state the range of increases (either as a percentage of their base salary or a cash amount as applicable), whether or not they were consolidated into basic pay and please state the overall % of the paybill allocated to fund these awards.

Response: Not applicable, as Scottish Enterprise do not pay performance-related payments or bonuses.

Q9. Please state the overall paybill increase as a result of the latest pay review expressed as a percentage of the paybill.

Response: The salary paybill increased by 2.32%.

Q10. Please state the name of the union/unions party to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions if there are collective negotiations.

Response: PCS and Unison.

Q11. Please provide the name and contact details of the person/s responsible for overseeing your organisation’s annual pay review.

Response: Ultimately the CEO is responsible for overseeing Scottish Enterprise’s annual pay award. The Human Resources team develop the pay award proposals in line with public sector pay policy. Those proposals are then subject to review and approval by our executive leadership team and the CEO before they are submitted to Scottish Government for final approval. These are then subject to pay negotiations.

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For further information contact our communications team, quoting the FOI reference number.