Publication scheme

Each government department has a publication scheme, which makes information available about how it works and spends its budget.

The main purpose of a publication scheme is to make information readily available to the public without the need for specific written requests.

Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish proactively, and to develop a greater culture of openness. All publication schemes now must adopt the model scheme as stipulated and approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has adopted the model scheme set out for all non-departmental public bodies.

The scheme commits UKCES to:

  • proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information which is held by the UK Commission and falls within the classifications within this scheme
  • specify the information which is held by UKCES and falls within the classifications within this scheme
  • proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme
  • produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public
  • review and update on a regular basis the information UKCES makes available under this scheme
  • produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available
  • make this publication scheme available to the public

Who we are and what we do

What we spend and how we spend it

Procurement at UKCES

Contracts Finder, the government portal for tendering opportunities provides documentation for all procurements valued at over £10,000.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

How we make decisions

The insights of our Commissioners are central to our mission to improve employment and skills policies.

Our policies and procedures

Lists and registers

Members Register of Interests, a declaration of any relevant and material personal or business interests of the UK Commission’s Chair, Commissioners, Chief Executive and Executive Directors, which may conflict with their responsibilities in these roles.

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log contains a list of information recently released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Archived Freedom of Information Disclosure Log contains a list of information released prior to April 2013.

The services we offer


There will not be any charge for information requested and supplied from the publication scheme.


Where it is within the capability of UKCES, information will be provided on our webpages. Where it is impracticable to make information available on our webpages or when an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, UKCES will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means. In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.

Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required. Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.

Requesting information

If the information you are looking for is not covered by the publication scheme you can submit a request for information to UKCES under the FOIA or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) here.