FOI release: Expenditure on equality, diversity and inclusion

Published: 12 October 2022
Freedom of information class: How we manage our resources

Information request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)

Freedom of Information (FOI) reference: CW-2022-324

Date received: 12/09/2022

Date responded: 07/10/2022

Information requested

a) The number of roles in your association (expressed in numbers of FTE), that are mainly or exclusively focussed on issues of equality, diversity, or inclusivity. For example, this could include (amongst other guises) “EDI officers” or “diversity and inclusion project managers” but would not include general HR managers.

b) Either: a) the pay band of each of these roles, or b) the combined total salaries for these roles. Whichever measure is more in accordance with your data preferences.

c) In the past 12 months the number of staff days across your organisation which have been committed to attending equality training programmes, whether internally run or with external consultants. (staff days = duration of the training programme multiplied by the number of staff in attendance for the course).

d) The contractual cost of any consultants hired, in the past twelve months, to provide any external training or advice on issues of diversity, equality, or inclusivity.

e) In the past twelve months, the number of staff days committed to attending conferences relating mainly or exclusively to matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. (duration of conference multiplied by the number of staff in attendance).

f) The costs of attending these conferences.

g) Membership costs the organisation pays for participation in equality charters such as the Stonewall Equality Champions, or Diversity and Inclusion Workplace champions.


a) We currently have two roles in our organisation aligned to EDI. We have an EDI Lead who is a full-time contingent worker and an EDI co-ordinator which equates to 0.4 FTE.

b) The EDI Lead is a contingent worker. The daily charge rate for this role is £302.62. The daily charge rate refers to the amount RoS pays the agency for the contingent worker’s services.

The EDI co-ordinator is an HEO band. Details of our pay bands can be found on our website.

c) New colleagues are required to complete Civil Service Learning (CSL) modules which include: Inclusion in the Civil Service, Becoming Disability Confident, Mental Health at Work. In the past 12 months the total number of staff days which have been committed to completing these modules is 93.

The modules mentioned above are covered by our annual CSL platform fees. The CSL platform is not exclusively EDI content and includes a wide variety of training material.

d) RoS has not hired any consultants to provide training or advice on issues of diversity, equality or inclusivity in the past 12 months.

e) In the last 12 months we have committed 1 staff day to attending the Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Digital Conference.

f) The cost for attending this conference was £282.

g) While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance RoS does not have the information you have requested because we do not have memberships to equality charters such as the ones mentioned in your request.

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