We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site

wrapper

Public Sector Employment in Scotland - Statistics for 1st Quarter 2017

Public Sector Employment in Scotland - Statistics for 1st Quarter 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ISBN: 9781788510370

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 June 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 Q1 2017, there were 543,000 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, a decrease of 3,370 (-0.6%) since Q1 2016. In Q1 2017, public sector employment accounted for 20.7% of total employment, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points over the last year.

Of the total 543,000 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 89.6% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Headcount in the devolved public sector decreased by 1,370 (-0.3%) over the last year to 486,800 in Q1 2017.

Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Local Government by 2,160 (-0.9%), Police and Fire Related Services by 350 (-1.2%) and Further Education Colleges by 220 (-1.6%). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in NHS by 940 (+0.6%), Public Corporations by 240 (+3.2%) and Civil Service by 80 (+0.5%).

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 2,000 (-3.4%) in headcount between Q1 2016 and Q1 2017.

Employment within the reserved public sector decreased in Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions by 1,540 (-12.2%), in Public Bodies by 70 (-0.7%), in the Armed Forces by 230 (-2.2%) and in the Civil Service by 160 (-0.6%).