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External recruitment agency information

Request for information – FOI13379

Thank you for your information request of 6 June 2013.

Ordnance Survey does hold the information you have requested, and we respond to each of your points as follows:

1. A list of all the external recruitment agencies used by your organisation to recruit temporary/contractor staff in the last year, from the date of receipt of this request.

Over the last year Ordnance Survey has engaged temporary workers and third party contractors through the following recruitment businesses:

  • Tate
  • Lorien
  • Incite Solutions Ltd
  • Boydens
  • Openspaces
  • Consult Ltd
  • Barclay Meade

2. The job titles and grades or pay bands of all temporary/contractor staff recruited in the last year, from the date of receipt of this request.

The job titles of roles which have been covered through the use of temporary workers/contractors are excluded from our response, as we consider this information to constitute personal data and therefore engage Section 40 (2) of the FOIA.

Section 40 (2)(a) and (b), together with the condition under section 40 (3) (a) (i) of the FOIA, apply where the disclosure of information would contravene any of the data protection principles under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. These sections exempt information constituting the personal data of living individuals, the release of which would be in breach of the Data Protection Principles.

We consider the exemption for personal information to apply in this instance, because knowledge of a job title will identify an individual and therefore their actual salary – which we consider to be their personal information.

In applying this exemption, we have considered whether disclosure of the personal data in question would be 'fair' (as described in Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act). We have given particular consideration to the likely expectations of the data subject regarding the disclosure of the information. We have reached the conclusion that disclosure of a job title in this case would not be 'fair', given that the individuals concerned are not Senior Civil Servants (SCS), and that there is no expectation for junior employees to have information which would identify their actual salary made publicly available.

We are able to supply details of the number of temporary workers/contractors filling Ordnance Survey roles at the following levels (which does not identify specific individuals):

  • 57 at 1c
  • 4 at 2a
  • 7 at 2b
  • 1 at 3a
  • 1 at 3c
  • 2 at 4a
  • 1 at 4c
  • 1 at SMH

In addition to these numbers Ordnance Survey has also engaged 122 third party contractors on a contract for services basis, for specific project work of varying periods – these are not Ordnance Survey roles.

Under our duty to provide advice and assistance (Section 16 of the FOIA) we advise that information relating to the rate of pay at each grade, and the civil service equivalent grade, is already made available as part of our FOI publication scheme, on our what we spend and how web page.

As all the requested information has been provided or is exempt under the engagement of an absolute exemption, there is no Public interest consideration (section 17 FOIA).

Internal review
Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

E-mail: foi@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

You may e-mail the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk or contact their telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your enquiry.

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