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 Q4 2014, there were 42,700 people employed as civil servants in Scotland. This is made up of 17,300 (40.6%) people working in the devolved civil service and 25,400 (59.4%) working in UK government departments. The total number of civil servants has decreased by 1,600 (3.6%) over the year from 44,400 in Q4 2013 to 42,700 in Q4 2014.
Devolved Civil Service
The devolved civil service has increased by 600 (3.8%) since Q4 2013.
Chart 6 shows a breakdown of the devolved civil service in Scotland as at Q4 2014.
Chart 6: Breakdown of Devolved Civil Service Employment, Scotland, Headcount, Q4 2014
Scottish Government Core
In Q4 2014, there were 5,400 people employed in Scottish Government (SG) core directorates, representing 31.2% of the devolved civil service in Scotland. Over the year to Q4 2014, employment in SG core directorates has increased by 200 (4.0%).
Scottish Government Agencies
There were 7,200 people employed in Scottish Government agencies in Q4 2014. Employment in SG agencies has increased by 300 (4.2%) 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 Service (SCS) and the Scottish Housing Regulator (from April 2012). In Q4 2014, there were 3,000 people employed in these NMDs, an increase of 100 (3.4%) since Q4 2013.
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal
In Q4 2014, there were 1,700 people employed in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal. Over the year from Q4 2013, employment in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal has increased by 30 (1.6%).
Reserved Civil Service
Employment in the reserved civil service has decreased by 2,200 (8.1%), from 27,700 in Q4 2013 to 25,400 in Q4 2014.
Chart 7 identifies the breakdown of headcount employment in UK government departments as at Q4 2014.
Chart 7: Breakdown of Headcount Employment in the UK Government Departments as at Q4 2014
Department for Work and Pensions
In Q4 2014, there were 10,000 people employed in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Over the year from Q4 2013, employment in DWP has decreased by 1,000 (9.2%).
HM Revenue and Customs
There were 8,200 people employed in HM Revenue and Customs in Q4 2014, a decrease of 900 (10.3%) since Q4 2013.
Ministry of Defence
There were 4,000 people employed in the Ministry of Defence in Q4 2014. This has decreased by 100 (1.5%) since Q4 2013.
Other Civil Service
The number of people employed in Other Civil Service in Q4 2014 was 2,500, a decrease of 200 (8.7%) since Q4 2013.
Department for International Development
The number of people employed in the Department for International Development in Q4 2014 was 600. This has increased by 10 (1.6%) since Q4 2013.
In Q4 2014, there were 80 people employed in the Scotland Office. Over the year from Q4 2013, employment in the Scotland Office has increased by 10 (6.8%).
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