Publication - Statistics

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for third quarter 2020

Published: 15 Dec 2020
Directorate:
Chief Economist Directorate
Part of:
Economy, Public sector, Work and skills
ISBN:
9781800044593

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 September 2020.

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for third quarter 2020
4. Reserved Public Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount (see Table 4)

4. Reserved Public Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount (see Table 4)

The number of people employed in the reserved public sector in September 2020 was 54,300, which is 2,720 (4.8%) lower than in September 2019.

The reserved public sector employment includes:

  • Reserved Civil Service (see section 5);
  • Armed Forces;
  • Other Public Sector (which covers Public Sector Financial Institutions, Non-Departmental Bodies and Other Bodies).

Chart 5 shows the size of each group in the reserved public sector as at September 2020.

Chart 5: Breakdown of Reserved Public Sector Employment by Sector as at September 2020, Headcount
Chart 5 tree map of reserved Public Sector Employment showing relative size of public bodies

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 3 2020

Note: Totals may not equal the sum of the individual parts due to rounding.

The decrease in the overall headcount in the reserved public sector was due to:

  • Employment levels for Other Public Sector[5] falling by 2,430 (10.7%) from 22,800 in September 2019 to 20,300 in September 2020;
  • Employment levels for the Reserved Civil Service falling by 430
    (1.7%) to 24,100;

while:

  • Employment levels for the Armed Forces increased by 130 (1.3%) to 9,800.
Figure 4: Percentage Change (from September 2019 to September 2020) in the Reserved Public Sector, Headcount
Figure 4 bubble chart showing percentage annual change for reserved Public Sector bodies

Contact

Email: lmstats@gov.scot