In Q3 2016, there were 542,200 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, this is a decrease of 2,530 (-0.5%) since Q3 2015. In Q3 2016, public sector employment accounted for 21.0% of total employment, up from 20.9% in the previous year.
Of the total 542,200 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 89.5% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Employment in the devolved public sector decreased by 2,270 (-0.5%) over the last year to 485,200 in Q3 2016.
Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Local Government by 3,750 (-1.5%), Civil Service by 1,190 (-6.6%) and Police and Fire Related Services by 120 (-0.4%). The decrease in civil service employment is partly due to Historic Scotland no longer being part of the civil service (now a non-departmental public body, Historic Environment Scotland). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in NHS by 910 (+0.6%), Public Corporations by 360 (+4.9%) and Further Education Colleges by 180 (+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 270 (-0.5%) in headcount between Q3 2015 and Q3 2016.
Employment within the reserved public sector increased in the Armed Forces by 350 (+3.6%), decreased in the Civil Service by 170 (-0.7%) and decreased in Public Bodies by 90 (-0.9%).