Agency Spend 20/21

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Dear Abingdon and Witney College,

Please can you provide me with your total agency spend so far in the 2020/2021 Academic Year along with a breakdown of which agencies that have been used and how much has been spent per agency, also providing a breakdown by subject and department.
Please also provide the total spend for permanent recruitment at the college , including the split between advertising, agency fees (including which agencies) and transfer fees.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

Freedom Of Information, Abingdon and Witney College

Dear James Smith

Thank you for your request for information dated 18 February 2021 concerning Abingdon and Witney College. This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We are withholding some of the information you requested as we consider that the exemptions in the following section(s) apply:
Section 43 exempts information which, if disclosed would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person. It protects not only the commercial interests of third parties but also the commercial interests of the College. It is intended to protect the ability of a public body to obtain goods or services on the best possible commercial terms and to protect the legitimate commercial interests of its supplier. This is especially pertinent during a tendering process as any response can be seen as providing a commercial advantage to one potential supplier. The information you seek falls into this category.

I am able to provide information as follows:

Agency Spend:
£7,919.61
Permanent recruitment expenditure (Advertising):
£12,207.60

If this information does not address your requirements under the Freedom of Information Act or you wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of this request, then you should contact the undersigned in the first instance. Should you remain dissatisfied, then you may apply for an internal review by contacting The Principal, Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon Campus, Wootton Road, Abingdon Oxon OX14 1GG Your request for internal review should be submitted to us within 40 working days of receipt by you of this response.

During the independent review the handling of your information request will be reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Further contact information and details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner's website: www.ico.org.uk

Please note that the Information Commissioner is unlikely to investigate your case until the College’s internal review process has been completed.

Yours sincerely

Jenny Lowe
Clerk & Governance Advisor
Abingdon & Witney College | Wootton Road | Abingdon | Oxfordshire | OX14 1GG
01235 216 369
My usual working days are Monday to Thursday

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

Freedom Of Information, Abingdon and Witney College

Dear James Smith

I have received the blank email below following our response to your Freedom of Information request.

Please could you clarify that you have received the email which provided details of the College's agency spend and recruitment costs for 2020/21 as requested?

This information is copied below for your convenience:

1) Agency Spend:

£7,919.61

2) Permanent recruitment expenditure:
(Advertising):

£12,207.60

The name of the agency in 1) was not disclosed on the basis that this would prejudice commercial interests. Section 43 exempts information which, if disclosed would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person. It protects not only the commercial interests of third parties but also the commercial interests of the College. It is intended to protect the ability of a public body to obtain goods or services on the best possible commercial terms and to protect the legitimate commercial interests of its supplier. The information you seek falls into this category.

If this information does not address your requirements under the Freedom of Information Act or you wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of this request, then you should contact the undersigned in the first instance. Should you remain dissatisfied, then you may apply for an internal review by contacting The Principal, Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon Campus, Wootton Road, Abingdon Oxon OX14 1GG Your request for internal review should be submitted to us within 40 working days of receipt by you of this response.

During the independent review the handling of your information request will be reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Further contact information and details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner's website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Jenny Lowe
Clerk & Governance Advisor
Abingdon & Witney College | Wootton Road | Abingdon | Oxfordshire | OX14 1GG
01235 216 369 
My usual working days are Monday to Thursday

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