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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 1: Number of people employed by public and private sector; Scotland, Headcount [note 1]

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.

Some shorthand may have been used in the spreadsheet, [r] - revised, p.p. - percentage points

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Quarter Total Employment Level [note 6] Private Sector Level [note 2] Private Sector Percentage of total employment [note 2] Public Sector Level Public Sector Percentage of total employment Estimated Private Sector (including major reclassifications) Level [note 3][note 4] Estimated Private Sector (including major reclassifications) Percentage of total employment [note 3] [note 4] Estimated Public Sector (excluding major reclassifications) Level [note 3][note 5] Estimated Public Sector (excluding major reclassifications) Percentage of total employment [note 3] [note 5]
Q1 1999 2,228,000 1,682,900 75.5% 545,500 24.5% 1,701,000 76.3% 527,000 23.7%
Q1 2016 2,575,000 2,013,400 78.2% 562,100 21.8% 2,043,000 79.3% 533,000 20.7%
Q1 2017 2,644,000 2,085,200 78.9% 558,900 21.1% 2,113,000 79.9% 531,000 20.1%
Q1 2018 2,643,000 2,083,200 78.8% 559,900 21.2% 2,111,000 79.9% 532,000 20.1%
Q1 2019 2,676,000 2,120,800 79.3% 554,900 20.7% 2,133,000 79.7% 543,000 20.3%
Q1 2020 [r] 2,630,000 2,067,700 78.6% 562,500 21.4% 2,081,000 79.1% 550,000 20.9%
Q1 2021 [r] 2,632,000 2,051,700 78.0% 580,000 22.0% 2,070,000 78.7% 561,000 21.3%
Q1 2022 2,688,000 2,094,300 77.9% 593,900 22.1% 2,113,000 78.6% 575,000 21.4%
Change on year to Q1 2022 56,540 42,600 -0.1 p.p. 13,950 0.1 p.p. 43,000 -0.1 p.p. 14,000 0.1 p.p.
% change on year Q1 2022 2.1% 2.1% 2.4% 2.1% 2.5%

Notes:

r = revisions to total employment and private sector employment figures

Important Note: Estimates for total employment and private sector employment are based on the Labour Force Survey, ONS. Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates for Jan-Mar 2020 onwards were reweighted in June 2022 using updated HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Real Time Information (RTI) data, resulting in small revisions to the total and private sector employment numbers from Q1 2020 onwards.

Note 1: Employment figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred, unless otherwise stated. Change on year rounded to the nearest ten. Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.

Note 2: Private sector is derived as the difference between the Labour Force Survey 'Total employment' workforce based estimate for the whole of Scotland (not seasonally adjusted) and the public sector estimate (derived from individual organisation statistical returns).

Note 3: Major reclassifications include: Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Northern Rock plc, Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance, Lloyds Bank Asset Finance, Scottish Widows, Direct Line, Royal Mail Group plc, Post Office Ltd (until Q2 2006), Network Rail, Registered Social Landlords and Train Operating Companies.

Note 4: Private sector including major reclassifications includes the figures for the above organisations in the private sector series when they were part of the public sector and are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Note 5: Public sector excluding major reclassifications excludes the figures for the above organisations from the public sector series when they were part of the public sector and are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Note 6: Total employment figures are rounded to the nearest thousand and are taken from Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Contact

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