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Social Security Scotland office occupancy: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

FOI Reference: FOI/202400405566
Date received: 20 March 2024
Date responded: 18 April 2024


Information requested

In relation to the balance of staff working from home/in the Dundee and Glasgow locations, please provide:

Request for Information 1: The SSS occupancy levels in the Dundee office in this calendar year.

Request for Information 2: The SSS occupancy levels in the Glasgow office for this calendar year.

Request for Information 3: Any guidance on the requisite minimum amount of time employees are required to spend in the office. Whether this is formal guidance or contractually mandated.


Response

Request for Information 1 and 2:


Social Security Scotland has two office spaces in Dundee, our Head Office Agnes Husband House, and Enterprise House. For Dundee office occupancy, I have interpreted your request to include both of these offices.

Please find below average weekly building occupancy percentages in this calendar year for our Dundee and Glasgow offices.

It should be noted that the figures capture Social Security Scotland staff using a desk in our buildings but does not include staff attending training, meetings or activities in collaborative spaces. Visitors to the building are also not included in this count.

Agnes Husband House, Dundee

Enterprise House, Dundee

High Street, Glasgow

1 January 2024

14%

11%

12%

8 January 2024

35%

28%

37%

15 January 2024

36%

28%

35%

22 January 2024

32%

26%

26%

29 January 2024

39%

36%

38%

5 February 2024

38%

36%

42%

12 February 2024

39%

39%

35%

19 February 2024

38%

33%

43%

26 February 2024

38%

39%

44%

4 March 2024

41%

38%

43%

11 March 2024

39%

28%

38%

18 March 2024

41%

30%

44%

25 March 2024

43%

35%

44%

Request for Information 3:

All members of staff have a contractual base location in their contract of employment which is their permanent, full-time place of work. Social Security Scotland is committed to working in a hybrid way and as part of our implementation, we have agreed that from mid-April, staff should spend at least two days per week (pro-rata) in an office. Exceptions may be made for colleagues and these will be discussed and agreed between the line manager and the individual.

Please find attached guidance which has been shared with all staff regarding Social Security Scotland’s
approach to Hybrid working.

About FOI

Social Security Scotland is committed to publishing its response to requests. The Scottish Government also publishes responses to requests. You can view the responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.


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