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Public Sector Employment in Scotland Statistics for 3rd Quarter 2016

Public Sector Employment in Scotland Statistics for 3rd Quarter 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ISBN: 9781786526878

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). This is a snapshot of employment as at September 2016. The publication includes information on public sector employment in Scotland with distinctions made for employment in devolved bodies and reserved bodies (located in Scotland).

Executive Summary

In Q3 2016, there were 542,200 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, this is a decrease of 2,530 (-0.5%) since Q3 2015. In Q3 2016, public sector employment accounted for 21.0% of total employment, up from 20.9% in the previous year.

Of the total 542,200 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 89.5% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Employment in the devolved public sector decreased by 2,270 (-0.5%) over the last year to 485,200 in Q3 2016.

Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Local Government by 3,750 (-1.5%), Civil Service by 1,190 (-6.6%) and Police and Fire Related Services by 120 (-0.4%). The decrease in civil service employment is partly due to Historic Scotland no longer being part of the civil service (now a non-departmental public body, Historic Environment Scotland). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in NHS by 910 (+0.6%), Public Corporations by 360 (+4.9%) and Further Education Colleges by 180 (+1.3%).

10.5% of the total public sector employment relates to employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland. The reserved sector saw a decrease of 270 (-0.5%) in headcount between Q3 2015 and Q3 2016.

Employment within the reserved public sector increased in the Armed Forces by 350 (+3.6%), decreased in the Civil Service by 170 (-0.7%) and decreased in Public Bodies by 90 (-0.9%).