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Question reference: S6W-16902

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 6 April 2023
  • Current status: Answered by George Adam on 5 May 2023


To ask the Scottish Government, further to the change of First Minister, whether it will provide an update on how many Special Advisers it now employs, broken down by (a) job title, (b) who they work for and (c) pay scale.


Special Advisers are appointed in accordance with Part 1 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 by the First Minister as a Special Adviser for the purpose of providing assistance to the Scottish Ministers. All Special Advisers are appointed by, and remain under the responsibility of, the First Minister.


As at the date of your request, the following Special Advisers were in post:


Colin McAllister

Callum McCaig

Jeanette Campbell

Gavin Corbett

Ewan Crawford

Jennie Gollan

David Hutchison

Harry Huyton

Ross Ingebrigtsen

Emily Mackintosh

Jack Middleton


The Pay Bands and Pay Ranges for those Special Advisers are as follows:


Pay Band

Pay Range (£)

Number of SpAds in Band


£53,915 - £56,428



£58,946 - £72,441



£74,650 - £95,019



£101,088 - £107,149


Since the date of your request, further Special Adviser appointments have been made and a current list of Special Advisers and their responsibilities can be found on the Scottish Government website