Publication - Statistics

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT IN SCOTLAND STATISTICS FOR 3rd QUARTER 2015

Published: 16 Dec 2015
ISBN:
9781785449208

The statistics in this release are 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 September 2015. The publication includes information on public sector employment in Scotland with distinctions made for employment in devolved bodies and reserved bodies (located in Scotland).

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT IN SCOTLAND STATISTICS FOR 3rd QUARTER 2015
Table 8: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland,

Table 8: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland,

Full-time equivalent

  Total Devolved
Public Sector

NHS6
Civil Service Police and Fire Services2 Further Education Colleges3,5 Other Public Bodies3 Local Government2,4,7 Public Corporations
Q3 1999 386,400 107,000 14,100 - 11,500 7,900 236,700 9,200
Q3 2009r 436,600 135,800 16,800 - 11,700 14,900 251,400 6,000
Q3 2010r 431,400 135,000 16,800 - 12,400 14,400 246,900 6,000
Q3 2011r 414,700 131,300 16,100 - 11,300 13,600 236,300 6,100
Q3 2012r 410,600 131,800 15,700 - 10,600 13,500 232,800 6,200
Q3 2013r 410,800 134,200 15,900 28,700 10,200 12,500 202,400 6,800
Q3 2014r 412,700 136,700 16,400 27,900 10,200 12,700 201,800 7,000
Q3 2015 413,300 137,700 17,100 27,500 10,400 13,500 200,100 7,100
Change on year to:
Q3 2015
600 1,000 700 -500 100 700 -1,700 100
% change on year:
Q3 2015
0.1% 0.8% 4.2% 5.8% 1.4% 5.8% -0.8% 1.6%

r = Revision - previous estimates have been revised due to revisions to Scottish Borders Council data (Q1 2009 onwards) and the inclusion of Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Notes:
1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred; percentages are based on unrounded figures. "-" denotes blank entries.

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. Although the SPA is an 'Other Public Body' to avoid duplication and ensure comprehensive numbers are reported for the Police and Fire category, from Q2 2013 all police staff have been included within the Police and Fire category (and not in the Other Public Bodies category).

3. In October 2012 the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) merged with 3 colleges to form Scotland's Rural College. This new organisation is classified as a public body as the SAC was. This has resulted in staffing levels moving from the Further Education to Other Public Bodies categories to reflect the merger of these organisations. Although the SPA is an 'Other Public Body' to avoid duplication and ensure comprehensive numbers are reported for the Police and Fire category, from Q2 2013 all police staff have been included within the Police and Fire category (and not in the Other Public Bodies category).

4. A number of local government staff have transferred to arms length organisations which are part of the private sector under National Accounts definitions. For example, staff transferrred from Scottish Borders Council to SB Cares on 1st April 2015 thus explaining part of the decrease in local government employment.

5. 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.
6. From Q4 2011, NHS has responsibility for employing Healthcare staff within prisons. Previously, these people were employed directly by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS). Also, In Q2 2012 1,491 & 1062.1 FTE headcount staff transferred from Highland Council to NHS Highland as a result of the move to integrated health and social care services.

7. Prior to Q1 2009, Scottish Borders Council headcount and FTE figures do not include Casual/Relief employees who were paid in the reference period. This means that these figures underestimate the true headcount and FTE for Scottish Borders Council.

8. Detailed tables showing a full time series of data - all quarters back to Q1 1999 - are available to download from the Public Sector Employment Websection:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Labour-Market/PublicSectorEmployment


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