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Scottish Government Workforce Statistics June 2018

Published: 11 Sep 2018 09:30

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

The latest quarterly Scottish Government Workforce Information statistics have been published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician. These statistics cover the numbers of workers, staff sickness rates and the diversity of staff up to the most recent quarter ending June 2018.

The statistics show that:

  • At the end of June 2018 there were 5,846 full time equivalent (FTE) directly employed staff, compared with 5,296 at the end of June 2017.  The percentage of directly employed staff in permanent (95%) and temporary (5%) categories was similar to last year (June 2017: 96%, 4%).
  • There was a 33% increase in the number (headcount) of contingent (non-directly employed) workers, from 997 at the end of June 2017, to 1,329 at the end of June 2018, an increase of 332 workers.
  • The staff sickness level was 7.8 average working days lost (AWDL) per staff year in the 12 month period ending June 2018 (3.5% of working days were lost) compared with 7.2 AWDL for the same period last year.
  • Just over half (51.8%) of the workforce were female, compared to 48.2% male. The proportion of female staff is similar to the same period last year (51% June 2017).
  • At the end of June 2018, the majority of staff were aged between 30 and 59, broken down as follows: 30-39 (3%),  40-49 (27.4%), 50-59 (27.2%) . 15% were aged 16-29, and 6% were aged 60 or over.
  • The proportion of directly employed staff providing diversity information on sexual orientation and religion or belief has increased since the same period last year.

Background

The figures released today were produced in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The full statistics are available at: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/workforce-information/

 The statistics contain quarterly data from March 2012 to June 2018 and present:

  • full time equivalent numbers and headcounts in each directly employed staff category
  • headcounts of contingent workers engaged in work for the Scottish Government
  • sickness absence levels of directly employed staff, headcounts of directly employed staff by age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, marital/civil partnership status, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

The Scottish Government uses the data internally for monitoring the performance of its workforce. Other expected users of the data in this publication are likely to include the general public and media for information about the Scottish Government, and other government departments for comparative purposes.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff. More information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/About