FOI Release: Staff who are allowed to work from abroad.

Published: 20 September 2023
Freedom of information class: How we manage our resources

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

FOI reference: CW-2023-359 
Date received: 28 August 2023
Date responded: 20 September 2023

Information requested

This is an information request relating to the number of staff who are allowed to work from abroad.

Please include the following information, for the 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23 financial years:

  • The number of staff, per year, given permission to work from abroad
  • For each member of staff granted permission, please provide:
    • their pay band
    • the country they have been allowed to work from
    • the length of time that they have been allowed to work for and
    • the dates they were allowed to work from abroad

Please also provide the reason. If any of this is not possible to provide, please provide the remaining information.


RoS’s Acceptable Use of Assets Policy states that:

‘Individuals must not attempt to access the RoS network from out-with the UK, or take RoS-owned IT equipment outside of the UK. Any attempt to access RoS resources from outside the UK, using a RoS device or otherwise, are automatically blocked, and trigger security incidents which are fully investigated. Where exceptional circumstances require it, requests for such access or use can be pre-approved by a Director and must trigger a relevant service request to enable access.’

The table below provides the information requested for exceptions granted within the 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years:

Financial year Pay bandCountryDurationDates Reason for exception request Total number of staff given permission to work abroad in each financial year
2020/21 N/A 0
2021/22 C2 Republic of Ireland 3 days 28/07/2021 to 30/07/2021 Personal circumstances 1
2023/23 BD1 Malta 4 days 19/03/2023 to 22/03/2023 Conference attendance 1

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