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PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT IN SCOTLAND - STATISTICS FOR 2ND QUARTER 2017

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT IN SCOTLAND - STATISTICS FOR 2ND QUARTER 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ISBN: 9781788512244

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 2017. 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 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%).