In Q1 2017, there were 543,000 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, a decrease of 3,370 (-0.6%) since Q1 2016. In Q1 2017, public sector employment accounted for 20.7% of total employment, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points over the last year.
Of the total 543,000 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 89.6% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Headcount in the devolved public sector decreased by 1,370 (-0.3%) over the last year to 486,800 in Q1 2017.
Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Local Government by 2,160 (-0.9%), Police and Fire Related Services by 350 (-1.2%) and Further Education Colleges by 220 (-1.6%). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in NHS by 940 (+0.6%), Public Corporations by 240 (+3.2%) and Civil Service by 80 (+0.5%).
10.4% of the total public sector employment relates to employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland. The reserved sector saw a decrease of 2,000 (-3.4%) in headcount between Q1 2016 and Q1 2017.
Employment within the reserved public sector decreased in Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions by 1,540 (-12.2%), in Public Bodies by 70 (-0.7%), in the Armed Forces by 230 (-2.2%) and in the Civil Service by 160 (-0.6%).