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PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT IN SCOTLAND - STATISTICS FOR 4TH QUARTER 2016

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT IN SCOTLAND - STATISTICS FOR 4TH QUARTER 2016

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ISBN: 9781786528513

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 December 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 Q4 2016, there were 542,500 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, this is a decrease of 2,680 (-0.5%) since Q4 2015. In Q4 2016, public sector employment accounted for 20.9% of total employment, the same as the previous year.

Of the total 542,500 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 89.6% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Employment in the devolved public sector decreased by 1,780 (-0.4%) over the last year to 485,900 in Q4 2016.

Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Local Government by 2,880 (-1.2%) , Police and Fire Related Services by 260 (-0.9%) and Further Education Colleges by 30 (-0.2%). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in NHS by 890 (+0.5%), Public Corporations by 410 (+5.5%) and Civil Service by 20 (+0.1%).

10.4% of the total public sector employment relates to employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland. The reserved sector saw a decrease of 900 (-1.6%) in headcount between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016.

Employment within the reserved public sector decreased in Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions by 710 (-6.0%) and in Public Bodies by 260 (-2.6%). Employment increased in the Armed Forces by 10 (+0.1%) and in the Civil Service by 60 (+0.2%).