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Statistics Publication Notice: Public Sector Employment in Scotland: Statistics for 1st Quarter 2011


Public Sector Employment in Scotland: Statistics for 1st Quarter 2011

The statistics in this release are based on administrative records and surveys of individual public sector bodies carried out by the Scottish Government and the Office for National Statistics ( ONS). The publication includes information on public sector employment in Scotland with distinctions made for employment in devolved bodies and reserved bodies (located in Scotland).

Key methodological changes to note

For the first time this publication includes further education colleges in Scotland as part of the public sector. This is included within the devolved public sector following the ONS National Accounts reclassification of further education colleges in Scotland to the central government sector. The reclassification was backdated to Q1 1999 so the full public sector time series has been revised to take into account this change. In Q1 2011 15,400 headcount staff were employed in the further education sector in Scotland.

Since the Q4 2010 publication information for NHS empployment has been revised from Q1 2007. This is to incorporate methodological improvements to the series.

Further details can be found in background notes

Some of the key points are as follows:
(based on headcount)

  • In Q1 2011 there were 615,400 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, a decrease of 8,000 (1.3%) since Q1 2010.
  • There were 2,471,000 people in employment in Scotland in Q1 2011 an increase of 43,900 (1.8%) from 2,427,000 in Q1 2010. In Q1 2011 public sector employment accounted for 24.9% of total employment, down from 25.7% in Q1 2010 and up from 23.8% in Q1 1999 (In 1999 the banking sector was not included in the public sector).
  • Of the total 615,400 people employed in the public sector employment in Scotland, 509,700 (82.8%) relates to public bodies devolved to Scotland and 105,700 (17.2%) relates to reserved public sector employment.
  • Total employment in the devolved public sector has decreased from 518,800 in Q1 2010 to 509,700 in Q1 2011, a decrease of 9,100 (1.8%) over the year. This has been driven by a decrease in local government employment. Total local government employment decreased by 9,800 (3.2%) over the year to Q1 2011.
  • There has been a substantial increase of 6,300 (35.6%) in the devolved civil service in the last year. This is due to the recruitment of 6,650 temporary field staff by GROS to carry out the 2011 census in Q1 2011, the number of temporary staff employed by GROS will decrease substantially in Q2 2011.
  • Employment in the reserved public sector (with a presence in Scotland) has increased by 1,100 (1.0%) since Q1 2010. This is due to employment in Public Sector Financial Institutions (part of the reserved public sector) increasing in the last year by 3,600 (9.9%). Within the reserved public sector the largest decrease in employment over the year was in the reserved civil service category, decreasing by 1,800 (5.4%) to 31,200.
  • If banks were not included in the series:
    • Total public sector employment would have decreased by more, 11,600 (2%), instead of 8,000 (1.3%) over the year.
    • Employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland would have decreased by 2,500 (3.7%) instead of increasing by 1,100 (1%) over the year.
    • Financial institutions are not included in the devolved public sector total.

Public Sector Employment websection

In addition to this National Statistics publication, there is also a Public Sector Employment Statistics websection - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Labour-Market/PublicSectorEmployment

This contains more detailed information including:

  • Employment levels for the 199 public bodies operating at the baseline position (of Q3 2007) as outlined in the Scottish Government Simplification Programme and employment levels in each quarter from Q4 2008 onwards.
  • Local government employment for Scotland by local authority for the current quarter and a time series of total local government employment back to Q1 1999 shown for police and related services and fire and related services service sectors separately.
  • Links to the UK Public Sector Employment Statistical Bulletin (which contains estimates of public sector employment across each government office region) and other related technical papers.
  • Detailed tables showing a full time series of data - all quarters back to Q1 1999 - are also available to download.
  • Background notes outlining the methodology used to compile this series.