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UK — Scottish government spends 13,000 a day on temporary employees

21 June 2010

The Scottish government has revealed that it spends 13,000 Pounds a day on temporary staff, the Daily Express reports.

In spite of employing 7,500 permanent staff, figures showed that a recruitment agency received more than 392,000 Pounds in a single month for supplying short-term government workers.

Last year it was revealed that the Scottish government had spent more than 23 million Pounds on agency workers between 2004 and 2009.

According to the Daily Express, 5 out of 1,367 payments for April were made to staffing agency Pertemps in Glasgow.

Labour Finance Spokesman, David Whitton, said "the Scottish National Party (SNP) say they are looking for efficiencies but you have to wonder how there seem to be such huge gaps in their secretarial staff that lead them to spend [almost] 400,000 Pounds a month on temporary workers."

A Scottish Government Spokesman said "engaging temporary staffing gives the organisation flexibility to meet immediate business needs. This is common business practice."



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