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Public Sector Employment In Scotland Statistics For 1st Quarter 2022

Statistics 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 2022.

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Table 5: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Full-time equivalent [note 1] [note 4]

This worksheet contains one table. Some cells refer to notes which can be found under the table. When notes are mentioned the note marker is presented in square brackets.

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Quarter Total Devolved Public Sector NHS Civil Service Police and Fire Services [note 2] Further Education Colleges [note 3] Other Public Bodies Local Government [note 2] Public Corporations
Q1 1999 384,000 106,000 14,100 - 11,500 7,700 235,000 9,000
Q1 2016 426,200 138,500 16,000 27,500 10,500 13,800 200,000 20,000
Q1 2017 425,200 139,400 16,000 27,100 10,300 13,800 198,000 21,000
Q1 2018 427,200 139,900 16,400 26,800 10,500 14,000 199,000 21,000
Q1 2019 421,900 140,900 17,700 27,300 10,600 14,200 203,000 8,000
Q1 2020 429,700 143,400 20,000 27,700 10,600 14,200 206,000 8,000
Q1 2021 446,600 152,400 21,000 27,600 10,200 14,200 208,000 13,000
Q1 2022 459,300 156,900 24,100 27,100 10,400 13,900 214,000 12,000
Change on year to Q1 2022 12,750 4,480 3,050 -460 210 -250 6,130 -420
% change on year Q1 2022 2.9% 2.9% 14.5% -1.7% 2.1% -1.8% 2.9% -3.3%

Notes:

Note 1: Employment figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred, with the exception of local government and public corporation figures which are rounded to the nearest thousand; change on year rounded to the nearest ten; percentages are based on unrounded figures. "-" denotes blank entries. Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.

Note 2: Police and Fire Reform: From Q2 2013 Police and Fire Services have been reclassified as central government rather than local government (as their predecessors were). All police staff are employed by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) whether deployed with the SPA or with the Police Service of Scotland.

Note 3: Information for further education colleges in Scotland is based on collected information from Q4 2010. The method used to create the back series is detailed in the background notes of this publication.

Note 4: For further information on interpreting these series, see the series reclassification guide or background notes of the publication.

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