Publication - Statistics

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2018

Published: 12 Jun 2018
Directorate:
Chief Economist Directorate
Part of:
Public sector
ISBN:
9781788519380

A snapshot of employment as at March 2018 with distinctions made for employment in devolved bodies and reserved bodies (located in Scotland).

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2018
1. Total Employment and Public and Private Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount

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 [2] .

Figure 1: Public and Private Sector Employment, Scotland, Q1 2018

Figure 1: Public and Private Sector Employment, Scotland, Q1 2018

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2018

Chart 1: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount, Q1 1999 – Q1 2018, non-seasonally adjusted

Chart 1: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount, Q1 1999 – Q1 2018, non-seasonally adjusted

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2018

Chart 1 shows that the number of people employed in the public sector has remained relatively constant since Q1 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

Chart 2: Annual Change in Employment by Main Sector, Headcount

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2018

Impact of Excluding Major Reclassifications from Public Sector

If the major reclassifications [3] were to be excluded from the public sector series, there would be estimated to be 533,200 people employed in the public sector in Q1 2018. This would account for 20.4% of the total employment in Scotland (this compares to 21.5% if major reclassifications are included).

Public Sector employment excluding the effects of the major reclassifications, would have increased by 2,430 (+0.5%) over the year to Q1 2018.

The majority of major reclassifications are 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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