About this publication
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 2021, therefore the data relates to employment during the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. The publication includes information on public sector employment in Scotland with distinctions made for employment in devolved bodies and reserved bodies (located in Scotland). Annual information is also included in this publication for the number of young people employed in the devolved public sector in Scotland. The public sector is defined based on UK National Accounts definitions. The statistics in this release (excluding the devolved public sector employment statistics for young people) were designated National Statistics in December 2009.