Under Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation all 32 councils across Scotland were asked how many staff had been awarded such agreements since 2010
The “gagging orders” - funded by the taxpayer, ensure they do not raise concerns about potential scandals or go to employment tribunals.
The biggest-spending local authority was Dundee, which signed agreements with 247 employees over five years and paid them almost £2.2m – equivalent to £8,800 each.
Clackmannanshire was the second-biggest spender with £1.9m shared among 97 staff. Shetland Islands Council spent £841,593 over five years.