Publication - Statistics

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for second quarter 2019

Published: 10 Sep 2019
Chief Economist Directorate
Part of:
Public sector, Statistics

A snapshot of public sector employment as at June 2019.

34 page PDF

1.1 MB

34 page PDF

1.1 MB

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for second quarter 2019

34 page PDF

1.1 MB


1 Further details on major reclassifications are provided on page 5 and online at

2 Cordia services moving back under Glasgow City Council services has contributed to this change.

3 Mainly due to Registered Social Landlords being reclassified to the private sector, following assessment by the Office for National Statistics.

4 Major reserved 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,(known as the Post Office Ltd (until Q2 2006)), Network Rail and devolved reclassifications include Registered Social Landlords.

5 For further details on the make-up of the Scottish Public Sector, please see the background notes for this publication:

6 A detailed breakdown on this information by staffing group was published by ISD on the 3rd September 2019:

7 For Public Corporations, the percentage change is mainly due to Registered Social Landlords being reclassified to the private sector in the last year.

8 Public corporations, public sector financial institutions and public bodies have been combined into ‘other public sector’ to ensure individual organisation employment figures are not disclosed.

9 When interpreting changes over time in the Devolved Civil Service in Scotland it should be noted that due to organisational changes, staff have transferred between the Scottish Government core directorates and agencies. Detail about the above changes can be found in the background notes.


11 Scottish Government Agencies includes Scottish Prison Service, Disclosure Scotland, Transport Scotland, Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Scottish Public Pensions Agency, Accountant in Bankruptcy and Historic Scotland until Q3 2015 and Social Security Scotland from Q3 2018.

12 Other Civil Service includes Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department for Transport, Food Standards Agency (until 31 March 2015), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Chancellor’s Other Departments, Department for International Trade, Department of Health and Social Care, HM Treasury, National Crime Agency, Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, Office of Rail and Road, UK Export Finance, UK Statistics Authority and Cabinet Office.


If you have any enquiries relating to Labour Market Statistics then please contact us at:


Telephone: 0131 244 6773

Fax: 0300 244 1060

Labour Market Statistics
OCEAES: Economic Strategy and Policy
Scottish Government
5th Floor
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU

We welcome any comments on both the format and content of the website, including any problems you may encounter.

You may also contact the Statistician Group Enquiries for general information.