Job evaluation scores

craig cummings made this Freedom of Information request to City of Edinburgh Council

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The request was refused by City of Edinburgh Council.

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

I would like to request the finalized Job evaluation Factor scores for the following 2 posts
Hub response officer
Hub technical officer

Yours faithfully,

craig cummings

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Craig Cummings

Our ref: 19765

Dear Mr Cummings

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Job evaluation scores

Thank you for your request for information received on 16/07/2018. I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event. This means we have until 14/08/2018 to respond to your request.

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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[email address] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Information Rights Officer 4, City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Craig Cummings

 

[1][FOI #497603 email]

 

Our ref: 19765

 

 

Dear Mr Cummings

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Refusal Notice

 

Subject: Job Evaluation Scores

 

Thank you for your request for information 16/07/2018 where you asked the
following;

 

Please provide the finalised Job Evaluation Factor scores for the
following 2 posts;

 

Hub Response Officer

 

Hub Technical Officer

 

Your request has been processed and considered under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and it is not possible to provide you with
the information you have requested on this occasion.

 

Under the terms of the legislation, a request for information can be
refused where one or more exemptions listed in the legislation apply. In
this instance, the Council is claiming the following exemption to the
release of the factor scores:

 

Section 30(c) states that information is exempt information if its
disclosure under the Act would otherwise prejudice substantially, or be
likely to prejudice substantially, the effective conduct of public affairs

 

The job roles for which the evaluation factor scores have been calculated
are not yet occupied. The Council anticipate they will be able to release
final scores upon conclusion of relevant interviews; at the date of your
request, relevant interviews are expected to have concluded by 27 August
2018. To release the scores prior to that stage would be premature and
could affect the integrity of that process.

 

Once the interview process is finalised, the scores may only be provided
to (a) the job holder and (b) the Manager of that post. To release such
scores prior to appropriate finalisation would be likely to cause
substantial prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs.

 

If we were to routinely disclose information prior to the relevant
associated processes being complete, this would be harmful to the
operation of public affairs, with a likely outcome of delay being caused
to the job evaluation and appointment process. The job evaluation process
and appointment should be allowed to proceed without the disruption that
disclosure is likely to cause. Disclosure of the requested factor scores
would encourage staff to challenge the factor levels awarded to a post
before the decision had been finalised in respect of who will be appointed
to the post and this would likely disrupt and complicate the job
evaluation and appointment process.

 

Our position with regard to withholding incomplete job evaluation factor
scores is supported by the decision of the Scottish Information
Commissioner in Decision 045/2018: Miss K and the Chief Constable of the
Police Service of Scotland [in particular, “Parts 3, 4 and 5 of the
Request”]. Details of this decision are available by following the link
provided below:

 

[2]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appli...

 

The exemption in section 30(c) is subject to the public interest test in
section 2(1)(b) of FOISA. Having applied the public interest test to your
request, although there is a clear public interest in the Council
promoting transparency and accountability through the disclosure of
information relating to job evaluation scores, particularly where this
might contribute to a better understanding of the job evaluation process
and demonstrate that the process is fair and equitable, we consider that
this is met by providing the scores to the job holder and line manager
once the job evaluation and appointment process is complete. In this
instance the Council has a duty to finalise the job evaluation and
appointment process without the disclosure of information causing delay
and potential unrest among the job applicants. Therefore I consider the
public interest is best served by withholding the information.

 

Please note that this letter constitutes a formal refusal notice under
section 16 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the
Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under
the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made
available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal
details. The disclosure log is available at the following link:
[3]http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

 

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If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can
ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the:

 

Head of Strategy & Insight 

The City of Edinburgh Council

Waverley Court Business Centre 2:1

4, East Market Street

Edinburgh

EH8 8BG or,

Email: [4][email address]

 

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If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

Website: [5]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

Email: [6][email address]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Iain Burden

Information Rights Officer

 

 

 

Information Governance Unit

Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340

[7][email address]  [8]www.edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear Information Rights Officer 4,
I would like to request an internal review

Yours sincerely,

craig cummings