1. Total employment and public and private sector employment in Scotland; Headcount (Table 1)
Figure 1 provides a summary of total employment in Scotland and the breakdown of public and private sector employment. The public sector is defined according to the UK National Accounts Classifications Guide1.
Figure 1: Public and Private Sector Employment, Scotland, Q2 2013
Chart 1: Total Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount, Q1 1999 - Q2 2013, non-seasonally adjusted
As shown in Chart 1; the number of people employed in the public sector in Scotland is now at a similar level to that seen in 2003. The large increase in 2008 shows the inclusion of financial institutions (banks) in the public sector, however, if we exclude these banks the level is similar to that seen in 2000.
Chart 2: Annual change in employment by main sector, Headcount
Impact of excluding Public Sector Financial Institutions
If we exclude public sector financial institutions2 from the series, there would be 549,300 people employed in the public sector in Q2 2013, representing 21.8% of total employment in Scotland.
Excluding these banking groups, public sector employment would have decreased by 5,500 (1.0%), over the year and by 3,700 (0.7%) since Q2 1999.
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