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About public sector employment statistics

Contextual information and guidance on the Scottish Government's public sector employment statistics.

About public sector employment statistics
Youth employment in the public sector

The number of 16-24 year olds employed in the devolved public sector in Quarter 1, 2021 were released on 15th June 2021. This is the eighth release of youth employment data covering the Scottish devolved public sector. (There was no release in June 2020 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties faced in data collection.)

The results from this survey showed that in Q1 2021, there were 24,150 young people aged 16-24 in employment in the devolved public sector in Scotland, accounting for 4.6 per cent 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 2019.

These statistics are Official Statistics and released alongside the total public sector employment statistics for Scotland. The total public sector series is a National Statistics product. The youth data are released as Official Statistics to reflect the fact that this is a relatively new data series.


In April 2021 Scottish Government Executive Agencies, Executive NDPBs, Public Corporations, Non-Ministerial Departments and Local Government organisations were asked to provide information on the number of young people (aged 16-24 years) employed in their organisations in March 2021. This information was supplemented by previously published information from NHS Scotland and an estimate for youth employment within further education colleges based on existing information.

Further information on public bodies within Scotland is available here.

Data Tables

A breakdown of youth employment in the public sector is provided in the supplementary web-tables.

These figures are for a snap shot as at March 2021, some organisations may employ young people throughout the year although they are not in employment on the snap shot date due to seasonal demands on services.



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First published: 24 Sep 2019 Last updated: 13 Sep 2021 -