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Civil Service grades and OS conditions

Request for information – FOI14514


Thank you for your email of 1 January 2015, requesting the following information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act FOIA 2000:

  1. What are the Civil Service Job Grade equivalents for all Ordnance Survey Job Grades?
  2. If Ordnance Survey exceeds the Car Parking allocation for its staff at Explorer House in Southampton, what steps would be taken to alleviate the issue?
  3. Has Ordnance Survey considered migrating its HR for Recruitment over to WCN, as used by the majority of OGDs?
  4. Does Ordnance Survey use the Government Secure Intranet and, if not, what system does it use instead?
  5. What Operating System(s) currently powers Information Technology for Ordnance Survey?
  6. What software is currently used for E-Mail?
  7. Which company is currently used for Access Control at Explorer House in Southampton?
  8. Which companies currently supply the Ordnance Survey for both Mobile Telephones and Mobile Network Coverage?

Our response

I am pleased to provide you with the attached information with regards to your request.

  1. Please find below the table showing the Civil Service Job Grades equivalents for all Ordnance Survey Job Grades.

    Ordnance Survey role

    Civil Service equivalent


    Admin Officer or SGB1


    Admin Officer or SGB1


    Executive Officer


    Executive Officer


    Executive Officer / Higher Executive Officer


    Higher Executive Officer


    Higher Executive Officer / Senior Executive Officer


    Senior Executive Officer


    Senior Executive Officer / Grade 7


    Grade 7


    Grade 7

    Senior Manager (Head)

    Grade 6

  2. Ordnance Survey has an allocated number of car parking spaces which can be seasonally exceeded. As part of our Travel Plan Ordnance Survey encourages all staff to use different modes of transport in order to get to and from work e.g. car sharing, cycling, walking. Ordnance Survey have undertaken pieces of work to identify alternatives if necessary and are continuously monitoring travel in order to ensure that the best and most practical solutions are found.
  3. Yes migrating HR for Recruitment over to WCN was considered by Ordnance Survey however was not considered appropriate for Ordnance Survey recruitment needs.
  4. Ordnance Survey has a small installation of GSi (Government Secure Intranet) for specific secure correspondence with central government. All other correspondence with a security classification of OFFICIAL is sent via standard unencrypted email.
  5. Ordnance Survey currently uses the operating system Microsoft Windows 7 (Client), Microsoft Server 2008, Microsoft Server 2012, Oracle Linux, Unix and Solaris to power Information Technology.
  6. Ordnance Survey currently uses Microsoft Exchange, Outlook, and Active Directory as its email software.
  7. Ordnance Survey currently uses Orion for Access Control at explorer House.
  8. Vodafone currently supplies Ordnance Survey for both Mobile Telephone and Mobile Network Coverage.

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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

Email: mailto:foi@os.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.

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The Information Commissioner’s Office
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