Public Sector Employment in Scotland Statistics: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Total Budget:
The most recent available data on the total budget allocated to the categories of the public sector.

Total Number of Staff:
The current count of employees or staff members working within each category of the public sector.


The public sector in Scotland is comprised of the devolved public sector, funded by the Scottish Government, and the reserved public sector, which is funded by the UK Government.

In June 2023, there were 599,000 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, accounting for 22.2% of total employment.

Of this, 542,200 (90.5%) were employed by the devolved public sector. The devolved public sector includes the devolved civil service, local government, police and fire services, NHS in Scotland, further education colleges, devolved public corporations and other devolved public bodies.

In June 2023, there were 56,800 people employed by the reserved public sector. This accounts for 9.5% of the public sector in Scotland. The reserved public sector encompasses the reserved civil service, armed forces, and other public sector bodies.

Public sector employment in Scotland statistics are published on a quarterly basis. You will find the latest information on public sector employment in Scotland here: Public Sector Employment in Scotland Statistics for 2nd Quarter 2023 - (

The total Scottish Budget for 2023-24 is £59.8 billion. Further details can be found here: Scottish Budget: 2023 to 2024 - (

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