Annual cost pf press and media

Date published: 28/09/2022

FOI reference: 22/23 022

Date received: 31/05/2022

Date responded: 28/06/2022

Information requested

I am requesting the following information via email: -

The current annual cost of press and media for your organisation, and the total number of personnel employed to handle press and media for your organisation

What guidelines have been issued to your organisation by the Scottish Government on press releases and media.


SQA has three members of staff who handle press and media relations as a core part of their role; one at Grade 8, one at Grade 7, and one at Grade 6. The salary cost associated with these grades can be found below.

Pay Bands – 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

Grade 8: £43,662 - £49,192

Grade 7: £37,585 - £42,799

Grade 6: £30,813 - £35,609

SQA has received no guidance from the Scottish Government on press releases and media. However, the Scottish Government provides guidance, including on communications, to all public bodies for conduct during elections, the most recent of which was the local council elections in May 2022.