Use of Agency social workers

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Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis in your organisation on Monday 4th May 2020, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

2 – What was the average number of agency social work professionals in post at any one time during the first quarter of 2020 (January to March)

3 – What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/19 to 31/3/20? For clarity this refers to the spend on qualified social workers.

4 – What was the average hourly margin (in £ and p) paid to recruitment agencies providing social work professionals for temporary roles during the financial year 1/4/19 to 31/3/20?

Yours faithfully,

Jim Ward

Administrator,


Dear Jim Ward

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Use of Agency
social workers

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Dear Mr Ward

 

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Use of Agency
social workers

Reference: argyllbuteir:11738.

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

1 - How many qualified
social workers were
working on a temporary
(agency) basis in your
organisation on Monday
4th May 2020, split
by:
Number of
agency
staff
employed at
Service 4 May 2020
Children
&
Families
and
Community
Justice 0
Adult
Services 5
2 – What was the
average number of
agency social work
professionals in post
at any one time during
the first quarter of
2020 (January to
March)
Three
3 – What was the total
spend by your
organisation on
temporary (agency)
social work
professionals during
the financial year
1/4/19 to 31/3/20? For
clarity this refers to
the spend on qualified
social workers.
Total Spend
(01/04/19 –
Service 31/03/20)
Children
&
Families
and
Community
Justice £215,835.59
Adult
Services £229,647.35
4 – What was the
average hourly margin
(in £ and p) paid to
recruitment agencies
providing social work
professionals for
temporary roles during
the financial year
1/4/19 to 31/3/20?

 

£39.42

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Yours sincerely

 

David Sinclair

Compliance and Regulatory Assistant

Legal and Regulatory Support/Compliance

Argyll & Bute Council

Kilmory

PA31 8RT

Tel:01546604352

 

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