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Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for fourth quarter 2018

Snapshot of public sector employment up to December 2018.

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Table 5: Total reserved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Headcount

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Total Reserved Public Sector Civil Service Public Bodies Armed Forces Public Corporations2 Public Sector Financial Institutions2 Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions2,3 Estimated Total Reserved Public Sector excluding major reclassifications
Q4 1999 76,700 33,800 6,000 15,100 21,900 - 21,900 58,300
Q4 2012 97,000 28,400 9,700 10,400 19,800 28,700 48,500 47,800
Q4 2013 83,200 27,300 9,400 10,900 * * 35,600 46,900
Q4 2014 57,400 25,200 9,600 9,700 * * 12,800 43,900
Q4 2015 57,600 25,300 10,000 10,100 * * 12,100 43,700
Q4 2016 56,700 25,400 9,800 10,100 * * 11,400 43,500
Q4 2017 55,900 25,200 9,800 9,900 * * 10,900 43,100
Q4 2018 55,100 24,500 10,300 9,900 * * 10,300 42,800
Change on year to:
Q4 2018 -800 -670 510 -30 n/a n/a -610 -300
% change on year:
Q4 2018 -1.4% -2.7% 5.2% -0.3% n/a n/a -5.6% -0.7%

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred. Change on year rounded to the nearest ten. Percentages are based on unrounded figures. "-" denotes blank entries and "*" denotes entries that have been suppressed for disclosure reasons. Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.

2. Due to the reclassification from the public sector to the private sector of Lloyds Banking Group plc. (Q1 2014), Royal Mail Group plc. (Q4 2013) and Direct Line Group (Q3 2013), a new category has been created combining public corporations with public sector financial institutions to ensure employment figures are not disclosed. Both categories have been merged to produce a backseries prior to the reclassification to allow for calculation of year on year changes.

3. Employment in public corporations & public sector financial institutions has been largely affected by the reclassification of Lloyds Banking Group plc. (and subsidiaries), as well as Royal Mail plc. and Direct Line Group plc.

4. Public Corporations and Public Sector Financial Institutions includes British Wool Marketing Board from Q3 2009, The Oil and Pipeline Agency from Q1 2013, Medical Research Council Technology from Q1 2016, Awe Management Ltd from Q1 2014, NPL Management LtD from Q2 2017 and Shared Services Connect Limted from Q4 2015 to Q2 2017.

5. Public Bodies include Oil and Gas Authority from Q2 2015 and Information Commissioner's Office from Q1 2015.

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