Publication - Statistics

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2018

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

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

33 page PDF

1.4 MB

33 page PDF

1.4 MB

Supporting files

Contents
Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2018
5. Civil Service Employment in Scotland; Headcount

33 page PDF

1.4 MB

Supporting files

5. Civil Service Employment in Scotland; Headcount

(see Tables 6 and 7)

This section provides a summary of the civil service in Scotland.

The devolved civil service is made up of:

  • Scottish Government Core Departments
  • Scottish Government Agencies
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Non-Ministerial Departments

The reserved civil service is made up of:

  • UK Government Departments
  • Scotland Office

In Q1 2018, there were 42,300 people employed as civil servants in Scotland. This is made up of 17,400 (41.1%) people working in the devolved civil service and 24,900 (58.9%) working in UK government departments. The total number of civil servants has decreased by 20 over the year.

Devolved Civil Service

The devolved civil service has increased by 420 (+2.5%) since Q1 2017.

Chart 6 shows a breakdown of the devolved civil service in Scotland as of Q1 2018 [6] .

Chart 6: Breakdown of Devolved Civil Service Employment, Scotland, Headcount, Q1 2018

Chart 6: Breakdown of Devolved Civil Service Employment, Scotland, Headcount, Q1 2018

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2018

Note: Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.

Scottish Government Core

In Q1 2018, there were 5,900 people employed in Scottish Government ( SG) core directorates, representing 34.0% of the devolved civil service in Scotland. Over the year to Q1 2018, employment in SG core directorates increased by 450 (+8.3%).

Scottish Government Agencies [7]

There were 6,100 people employed in Scottish Government agencies in Q1 2018. Employment in SG agencies has decreased by 120 (-1.8%) over the year.

Non Ministerial Departments

Non Ministerial Departments ( NMD) include National Records of Scotland, Registers of Scotland, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Scottish Housing Regulator (from April 2012), Revenue Scotland (from January 2015), Food Standards Scotland (from April 2015) and Scottish Fiscal Commission (from June 2017). In Q1 2018, there were 3,600 people employed in these NMDs. This increased by 100 (+2.9%) over the year.

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal

In Q1 2018, there were 1,700 people employed in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal. Over the year to Q1 2018, employment in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal decreased by 20 (-1.3%).

Reserved Civil Service

Employment in the reserved civil service has decreased by 430 (-1.7%), from 25,300 in Q1 2017 to 24,900 in Q1 2018.

Chart 7 identifies the breakdown of headcount employment in UK government departments as at Q1 2018.

Chart 7: Breakdown of Headcount Employment in the UK Government Departments as of Q1 2018

Chart 7: Breakdown of Headcount Employment in the UK Government Departments as of Q1 2018

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2018
Note: Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.

Department for Work and Pensions

In Q1 2018, there were 9,300 people employed in the Department for Work and Pensions ( DWP). Over the year from Q1 2017, employment in DWP has decreased by 350 (-3.7%).

HM Revenue and Customs

There were 8,500 people employed in HM Revenue and Customs in Q1 2018, a decrease of 240 (-2.7%) since Q1 2017.

Ministry of Defence

There were 4,100 people employed in the Ministry of Defence in Q1 2018. This has increased by 30 (+0.8%) since Q1 2017.

Other Civil Service [8]

The number of people employed in Other Reserved Civil Service in Q1 2018 was 2,100. This has decreased by 10 (-0.3%) since Q1 2017.

Department for International Development

The number of people employed in the Department for International Development in Q1 2018 was 900, an increase of 130 (+18.0%) over the year.

Scotland Office

In Q1 2018, there were 80 people employed in the Scotland Office.


Contact

Email: Mhairi Wallace