• In Q1 2018, there were 561,300 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, an increase of 2,430 (+0.4%) since Q1 2017. In Q1 2018, public sector employment accounted for 21.5% of total employment, an increase of 0.2 percentage points over the last year.
• Of the total 561,300 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 90.1% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Headcount in the devolved public sector increased by 2,740 (+0.5%) over the last year to 505,500 in Q1 2018.
• Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Police and Fire Related Services by 300 (-1.1%). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in the NHS by 460 (+0.3%), Local Government by 1,640 (+0.7%), Public Corporations by 390 (+1.7%) and Civil Service by 420 (+2.5%). There was no change in employment in Further Education Colleges.
• 9.9% of the total public sector employment relates to employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland. The reserved sector saw a decrease of 320 (-0.6%) in headcount between Q1 2017 and Q1 2018.
• Employment within the reserved public sector decreased in Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions by 150 (-1.4%), in the Armed Forces by 180 (-1.8%) and in the Civil Service by 430
(-1.7%) and increased in Public Bodies by 450 (+4.6%).
• In Q1 2018, there were 23,500 young people aged 16-24 in employment in the devolved public sector, accounting for 4.6% of total employment in this sector. This was the same as the proportion of young people in employment in the devolved public sector in Q1 2017 (4.6%).