1. Total Employment and Public and Private Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount (Table 1)
Figure 1 provides a summary of total employment in Scotland and the breakdown of public and private sector employment. The public sector is defined according to the UK National Accounts Classifications Guide.
Figure 1: Public and Private Sector Employment, Scotland, Q4 2014
Chart 1: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount, Q1 1999 - Q4 2014, non-seasonally adjusted
Chart 1 shows that the number of people employed in the public sector in Q4 2014 was lower than that seen in 1999, when the series began. Chart 1 also shows that the estimated number of people employed in the public sector excluding the effects of major reclassificationsin Q4 2014 was slightly lower than the estimated number of people employed in 1999.
Chart 2 shows the annual change in employment for the public and private sectors.
Chart 2: Annual Change in Employment by Main Sector, Headcount
Impact of Excluding Major Reclassifications from Public Sector
If the major reclassificationswere to be excluded from the public sector series, there would be estimated to be 531,000 people employed in the public sector in Q4 2014. This would account for 20.5% of the total employment in Scotland.
Public Sector employment excluding the effects of the major reclassifications, would have decreased by 1,000 (0.2%) over the year to Q4 2014 and by 2,000 (0.3%) since Q4 1999.
The major reclassifications are all included in the reserved public sector in Scotland; their impact in this sector is covered in section 4 of the publication.
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