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Public sector employment statistics: 4th quarter 2020

Published: 23 Mar 2021

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 December 2020.

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Public sector employment statistics: 4th quarter 2020
4. Reserved Public Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount

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4. Reserved Public Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount

(see Table 4)

The number of people employed in the reserved public sector in December 2020 was 54,600, which is 1,720 (3.1%) lower than in December 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 December 2020.

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

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 4 2020

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

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

  • Employment levels for Other Public Sector[5] falling by -2,080 (-9.3%) from 22,300 in December 2019 to 20,200 in December 2020;

while:

  • Employment levels for the Reserved Civil Service increased by 230
    (0.9%) to 24,600;
  • Employment levels for the Armed Forces increased by 130 (1.3%) to 9,800.
Figure 4: Percentage Change (from December 2019 to December 2020) in the Reserved Public Sector, Headcount
Figure 4 bar chart showing annual percentage change for reserved Public Sector bodies

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Email: LMStats@gov.scot