Public Sector Employment in Scotland - Statistics for 1st Quarter 2015

The statistics in this release are based on administrative records and surveys of individual public sector bodies carried out by the Scottish Government and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is a snapshot of employment as at March 2015. The publication includes information on public sector employment in Scotland with distinctions made for employment in devolved bodies and reserved bodies (located in Scotland).


1. More information on the classification of organisations and institutions in the National Accounts are available in the Sector Classification Guide (MA23):

2. Major reclassifications include Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Northern Rock plc, Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance, Lloyds Bank Asset Finance, Scottish Widows, Direct Line, Royal Mail Group plc, Post Office Ltd and Network Rail.

3. 3 Employment in reserved public corporations and public sector financial institutions over the last year has been significantly affected by the reclassification of both Royal Mail Group plc., Direct Line Group and Lloyds Banking Group plc. (and subsidiaries) into the private sector.

4. The reclassification of Lloyds Banking Group plc. has meant it is no longer possible to produce a separate public sector financial institutions employment series to ensure individual organisation employment figures are not disclosed. Public corporations have been combined with public sector financial institutions to create a new grouping.

5. When interpreting changes over time in the devolved civil service in Scotland it should be noted that due to organisational changes, staff have transferred between the Scottish Government core directorates and agencies. Detail about the above changes can be found in the background notes.

6. Other Civil Service includes Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department for Transport, Food Standards Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Business, Innovation and Skills, Energy and Climate Change, Chancellor's Other Departments and Other Cabinet Office Agencies.


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