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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 3: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Headcount [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 [note 3] Local Government [note 2] Public Corporations
Q1 1999 471,000 129,000 14,600 - 15,700 8,300 294,000 9,000
Q1 2016 504,000 161,700 16,900 28,200 14,200 15,300 245,000 23,000
Q1 2017 502,900 162,600 17,000 27,800 14,000 15,400 243,000 23,000
Q1 2018 503,900 163,100 17,400 27,500 14,000 15,500 243,000 23,000
Q1 2019 499,900 164,100 18,700 27,900 14,200 16,000 251,000 8,000
Q1 2020 508,600 167,000 21,100 28,400 14,400 15,800 253,000 8,000
Q1 2021 524,500 177,700 22,200 28,200 13,400 15,700 254,000 13,000
Q1 2022 538,700 181,700 25,300 27,800 13,400 15,300 262,000 13,000
Change on year to Q1 2022 14,150 4,010 3,100 -490 20 -400 8,160 -270
% change on year Q1 2022 2.7% 2.3% 13.9% -1.7% 0.1% -2.5% 3.2% -2.0%

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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