In Q2 2017, there were 543,600 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, a decrease of 1,190 (-0.2%) since Q2 2016. In Q2 2017, public sector employment accounted for 20.3% of total employment, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points over the last year.
Of the total 543,600 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 89.5% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Headcount in the devolved public sector decreased by 100 (0.0%) over the last year to 486,600 in Q2 2017.
Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Local Government by 1,020 (-0.4%), Police and Fire Related Services by 380 (-1.4%) and Further Education Colleges by 190 (-1.3%). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in the NHS by 860 (+0.5%), Public Corporations by 360 (+4.7%) and Civil Service by 210 (+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 1,090 (-1.9%) in headcount between Q2 2016 and Q2 2017.
Employment within the reserved public sector decreased in Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions by 1,170 (-9.2%), in Public Bodies by 60 (-0.6%), in the Armed Forces by 30 (-0.3%) and increased in the Civil Service by 160 (+0.6%).