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%).