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Public Sector Employment In Scotland Statistics For 2nd Quarter 2021

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 June 2021.

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Table 3: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Headcount [note 1] [note 4]

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
Q2 1999 470,900 129,100 14,600 - 15,700 8,500 294,000 9,000
Q2 2015 503,500 160,600 17,900 28,300 13,900 14,200 246,000 22,000
Q2 2016 502,600 161,300 16,800 28,100 14,100 15,700 244,000 23,000
Q2 2017 501,700 162,200 17,100 27,700 13,900 15,800 242,000 23,000
Q2 2018 503,100 162,300 17,500 27,600 13,800 16,100 243,000 23,000
Q2 2019 500,300 163,600 20,000 28,000 14,000 16,300 250,000 8,000
Q2 2020 517,600 171,600 21,400 28,300 13,800 15,800 253,000 14,000
Q2 2021 527,700 178,000 22,700 28,200 13,400 15,400 257,000 13,000
Change on year to:
Q2 2021 10,060 6,460 1,310 -20 -420 -430 3,750 -580
% change on year:
Q2 2021 1.9% 3.8% 6.2% -0.1% -3.1% -2.7% 1.5% -4.3%

Notes:

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.

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.

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.

4. For further information on interpreting these series, see the series reclassification guide or background notes of the publication.

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