Your report of the employee survey at Transport Scotland is is not consistent with the actual findings ("Survey reveals morale slump at Transport Scotland", June 27).
The findings of the employee survey were proactively published by Transport Scotland last January at the same time as the parallel findings for the rest of the Scottish Government. The key measure of employee engagement relates to how positive our staff are, their commitment and motivation. Our employee engagement index was 59%, three percentage points above the civil service average of 56%. It also compares well with the 57% for the rest of the Scottish Government. We received positive responses on a range of questions, with a high level of interest in the work we do, having the right skills to do the job well and a clear understanding of our purpose and how this contributes towards sustainable economic growth.
For future staff plans the figures reflect the agency's staffing policy where specialist external staff are brought in for specific projects and, as this work ends, they move outside the agency. The changes in 2010 brought additional transport policy staff increasing the number of policy specialists, for whom moving from Transport Scotland, but within Scottish Government, would be the next logical career step. The survey was also conducted when a voluntary exit scheme was under way, and would be reflected in the figures.
The reference to the senior economic adviser moving simply indicated an able individual moving to another area of work within the Scottish Government after a substantial posting in transport. One other recent senior change involved appointing a new director of rail within Transport Scotland following the promotion of the previous incumbent to a post in the Welsh Assembly Government, a source of pride to us all.
Transport Scotland is not complacent about the challenges it faces, including the issues highlighted each year in staff surveys. I know we have the staff with the skills and commitment to deliver them. Our track record shows that.
Chief Executive, Transport Scotland,
58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow.
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