1. Total employment and public and private sector employment in Scotland; Headcount (Table 1)
This section provides a summary of total employment in Scotland and the breakdown of public and private sector employment.
The public sector is defined according to the UK National Accounts Classifications Guide1.
In quarter 2 (Q2) 2012, there were 580,100 people employed in the public sector in Scotland. Total public sector employment has decreased by 16,700 (2.8%) since Q2 2011 but increased by 35,000 (6.4%) since Q2 1999.
In the last year total employment has decreased from 2,489,000 in Q2 2011 to 2,465,000 in Q2 2012, a decrease of 23,700 (1.0%). There were 1,884,700 people employed in the private sector in Scotland, a decrease from 1,891,700 in Q2 2011 and an increase from 1,699,600 in Q2 1999.
Total public sector employment accounts for 23.5% of total employment in Scotland. This is down from 24.0% in Q2 2011 and down from 24.3% in Q2 1999. (In 1999 the banking sector was not included in the public sector).
Chart 1: Total Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount,1999-Q2 2012
Chart 2: Annual change in employment by main sector, Headcount
Impact of excluding Public Sector Financial Institutions
If we exclude public sector financial institutions2 from the series, there would be 548,100 people employed in the public sector, representing 22.2% of total employment in Scotland.
Excluding these banking groups, public sector employment would have decreased by 14,900 (2.7%), instead of 16,700 (2.8%), over the year and public sector employment would have increased by 3,000 (0.5%) since Q2 1999 instead of 35,000 (6.4%).
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