Some of the key points are as follows: (based on headcount)
In Q3 2012 there were 581,300 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, a decrease of 11,700 (2.0%) since Q3 2011.
There were 2,474,000 people in employment in Scotland in Q3 2012 a decrease of 0.5% from 2,485,000 in Q3 2011. In Q3 2012 public sector employment accounted for 23.5% of total employment, down from 23.9% in Q3 2011 and down from 23.8% in Q3 1999 (In 1999 financial institutions were not included in the public sector).
Of the total 581,300 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 486,000 (83.6%) is accounted for by public sector employment devolved to Scotland and 95,300 (16.4%) relates to reserved public sector employment.
Total employment in the devolved public sector has decreased from 491,700 in Q3 2011 to 486,000 in Q3 2012, a decrease of 5,700 (1.2%) over the year.
The decrease in employment in the devolved public sector has been driven by a decrease in total local government employment decreased by 5,300 (1.9%) over the year to Q3 2012, employment in further education colleges decreased by 900 (6%) and the civil service decreased by 400 (2.5%).
In the last year there were increases in the NHS, up 700 (0.5%), public bodies up 100 (0.7%) and public corporations up 200 (2.5%). The new public body Scottish Canals is now included in this series from Q3 2012 onward.
Employment in the reserved public sector (located in Scotland) has decreased by 6,000 (5.9%) since Q3 2011. Within the reserved public sector the largest changes were for Public Sector Financial Institutions decreasing by 3,000 (9.4%), the civil service category decreased over the year by 1,600 (5.3%) and public corporations decreased by 1,300 (6.9%).
Within the reserved civil service, this decrease included: Ministry of Defence decreasing by 900 (17.3%). Other civil service decreased by 1,500 (32.6%). The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is now included in Department for Work and Pensions from Q3 2012 onward, this used to be included in other civil service.
If banks were not included in the series:
Total public sector employment would have decreased by slightly less, 8,700 (1.5%), instead of 11,700 (2.0%) over the year.
Employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland would have decreased by 3,000 (4.3%) instead of by 6,000 (5.9%) over the year.
N.B. Financial institutions are not included in the devolved public sector total.