Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2016
Statistics based on administrative records and surveys of individual public sector bodies.
1. Total Employment and Public and Private Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount (see 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 Guide  .
Figure 1: Public and Private Sector Employment, Scotland, Q1 2016
Chart 1: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount, Q1 1999 - Q1 2016, non-seasonally adjusted
Chart 1 shows that the number of people employed in the public sector in Q1 2016 was 1,200 (0.2%) above the level in Q1 1999. The number of people employed in the public sector has remained relatively constant since Q1 2014 with a slight increase in Q4 2014. Excluding the effects of major reclassifications 2, the number of people employed in the public sector gradually increased to a peak in Q2 2006, decreased to Q3 2013 and has remained relatively constant since then.
Chart 2 shows the annual change in employment for the public and private sectors.
Chart 2: Annual Change in Employment by Main Sector, Headcount
Impact of Excluding Major Reclassifications from Public Sector
If the major reclassifications  were to be excluded from the public sector series, there would be estimated to be 532,200 people employed in the public sector in Q1 2016. This would account for 20.8% of the total employment in Scotland (this compares to 21.3% if major reclassifications are included).
Public Sector employment excluding the effects of the major reclassifications, would have decreased by 700 (-0.1%) over the year to Q1 2016 and increased by 5,100 (0.97%) since Q1 1999.
The major reclassifications are all included in the reserved public sector in Scotland; their impact in this sector is covered in section 4 of the publication.
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