This section provides a summary of the civil service in Scotland.
In June 2019, there were 43,200 people employed as civil servants in Scotland. This is made up of 18,900 (43.7%) people working in the Devolved Civil Service and 24,300 (56.3%) working in UK government departments. The total number of civil servants has increased by 1,050 (2.5%) between June 2018 and June 2019.
The devolved civil service is made up of:
- Scottish Government Core Departments
- Scottish Government Agencies
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
- Non-Ministerial Departments
The reserved civil service is made up of:
- UK Government Departments
- Scotland Office
Devolved Civil Service
The Devolved Civil Service has 1,440 (8.2%) more people employed since June 2018.
Chart 6: Breakdown of Devolved Civil Service Employment in Scotland as at June 2019, Headcount
Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 2 2019
Note: Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.
Scottish Government Core
In June 2019, there were 6,800 people employed in Scottish Government (SG) Core Directorates, which is 35.9% of the devolved civil service in Scotland. Employment in SG Core Directorates was 670 (11.0%) higher in June 2019, compared with June 2018. This rise in employment is mainly due to the devolution of powers from the UK Government to the Scottish Government.
Scottish Government Agencies
There were 6,600 people employed in Scottish Government Agencies in June 2019. Employment in SG Agencies increased by 430 (6.9%) compared with June 2018.
Non Ministerial Departments
Non Ministerial Departments (NMD) include National Records of Scotland, Registers of Scotland, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Scottish Housing Regulator (from April 2012), Revenue Scotland (from January 2015), Food Standards Scotland (from April 2015) and Scottish Fiscal Commission (from June 2017). In June 2019, there were 3,700 people employed in these NMDs. This was 180 (5.2%) more than in June 2018.
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal
In June 2019, there were 1,900 people employed in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal, an increase of 160 (9.3%) since June 2018.
Reserved Civil Service
Employment in the Reserved Civil Service was 390 (1.6%) lower than in June 2018, decreasing from 24,700 in June 2018 to 24,300 in June 2019.
Chart 7 identifies the breakdown of headcount employment in UK government departments as at June 2019.
Chart 7: Breakdown of Employment in the UK Government Departments as of June 2019
Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 2 2019 Note: Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.
Department for Work and Pensions
In June 2019, there were 8,800 people employed in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Employment in DWP was 320 (3.5%) lower in June 2019, compared with June 2018.
HM Revenue and Customs
There were 8,200 people employed in HM Revenue and Customs in June 2019, 170 (2.1%) lower than June 2018.
Ministry of Defence
There were 4,100 people employed in the Ministry of Defence in June 2019, 10 (0.3%) higher than June 2018.
Other Civil Service
The number of people employed in Other Reserved Civil Service in June 2019 was unchanged at 2,300 people.
Department for International Development
The number of people employed in the Department for International Development in June 2019 was 1,000, 80 (9.2%) higher than June 2018.
In June 2019, there were 90 people employed in the Scotland Office, an increase of 10 (11.1%) since June 2018.
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