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The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force on 1 April 2017. These regulations require relevant public sector employers to collate and publish, on an annual basis, data on the amount and cost of facility time within their organisation.

The ICO is covered by the requirement and figures for 2020/21 are provided below.

  2020/21 2019/20
Relevant union officials    
Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period 15 14
Full-time equivalent employee number 1.30 0.49
Percentage of time spent on facility time    
0% 0 0
1-50% 14 14
51-99% 0 0
100% 1 0
Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time    
Total cost of facility time £38.883.40 £15,679.68
Total pay bill £32,281,000 £29,006,000
Percentage 0.12% 0.05%
Paid trade union activities    
Time spent on trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours 20% 20%