This section provides a summary of the civil service in Scotland.
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
In Q3 2015, there were 43,500 people employed as civil servants in Scotland. This is made up of 18,000 (41.4%) people working in the devolved civil service and 25,500 (58.6%) working in UK government departments. The total number of civil servants has increased by 700 (+1.6%) over the year from 42,900 in Q3 2014 to 43,500 in Q3 2015.
Devolved Civil Service
The devolved civil service has increased by 700 (+4.2%) since Q3 2014.
Chart 6 shows a breakdown of the devolved civil service in Scotland as at Q3 2015.
Chart 6: Breakdown of Devolved Civil Service Employment, Scotland, Headcount, Q3 2015
Scottish Government Core
In Q3 2015, there were 5,300 people employed in Scottish Government (SG) core directorates, representing 29.5% of the devolved civil service in Scotland. Over the year to Q3 2015, employment in SG core directorates has decreased by 40 (-0.8%).
Scottish Government Agencies
There were 7,600 people employed in Scottish Government agencies in Q3 2015. Employment in SG agencies has increased by 300 (+4.6%) over the year.
Non Ministerial Departments
Non Ministerial Departments (NMD) include the National Records of Scotland, Registers of Scotland, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and the Scottish Housing Regulator (from April 2012), Revenue Scotland (from January 2015) and Food Standards Scotland (from April 2015). In Q3 2015, there were 3,400 people employed in these NMDs, an increase of 400 (+14.8%) since Q3 2014. This increase is partly due to two new public bodies becoming operational during the year - Revenue Scotland and Food Standards Scotland.
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal
In Q3 2015, there were 1,700 people employed in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal. Over the year from Q3 2015, employment in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal remained unchanged.
Reserved Civil Service
Employment in the reserved civil service has decreased by 100 (-0.2%), from 25,600 in Q3 2014 to 25,500 in Q3 2015.
Chart 7 identifies the breakdown of headcount employment in UK government departments as at Q3 2015.
Chart 7: Breakdown of Headcount Employment in the UK Government Departments as at Q3 2015
Department for Work and Pensions
In Q3 2015, there were 9,500 people employed in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Over the year from Q3 2014, employment in DWP has decreased by 500 (-4.9%).
HM Revenue and Customs
There were 9,000 people employed in HM Revenue and Customs in Q3 2015, an increase of 700 (+8.1%) since Q3 2014.
Ministry of Defence
There were 3,900 people employed in the Ministry of Defence in Q3 2015. This has decreased by 200 (-4.0%) since Q3 2014.
Other Civil Service
The number of people employed in Other Civil Service in Q3 2015 was 2,400, a decrease of 100 (-4.3%).
Department for International Development
The number of people employed in the Department for International Development in Q3 2015 was 600, an increase of 30 (+5.2%) over the year.
In Q3 2015, there were 70 people employed in the Scotland Office. Over the year from Q3 2014, employment in the Scotland Office decreased by less than 5 (-5.1%).
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