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Publication - Statistics Publication

Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2017

Published: 14 Jun 2017
Part of:
Economy, Public sector, Statistics
ISBN:
9781788510370

Employment snapshot statistics based on administrative records and surveys of individual public sector bodies as at June 2016.

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Contents
Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2017
Table 4: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Headcount

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Table 4: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Headcount

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Total Devolved
Public Sector
NHS 6 Civil Service 8 Police and Fire Services 2 Further Education Colleges 3,5 Other Public Bodies 3,8 Local Government 2,4,7 Public Corporations
Q1 1999 471,100 129,000 14,600 - 15,700 8,500 293,900 9,500
Q1 2011 513,100 156,900 23,900 - 16,500 15,000 294,500 6,300
Q1 2012 491,500 154,400 16,600 - 15,200 14,400 284,500 6,300
Q1 2013 487,800 156,500 16,600 - 13,900 15,200 278,700 6,800
Q1 2014 488,000 158,800 16,900 28,700 13,700 13,900 248,300 7,800
Q1 2015 490,100 160,700 17,500 28,400 13,800 14,000 248,500 7,200
Q1 2016 488,100 161,700 16,900 28,200 14,200 15,300 244,300 7,600
Q1 2017 486,800 162,600 17,000 27,800 14,000 15,400 242,100 7,900
Change on year to:
Q1 2017 -1,370 940 80 -350 -220 100 -2,160 240
% change on year:
Q1 2017 -0.3% 0.6% 0.5% -1.2% -1.6% 0.6% -0.9% 3.2%

Notes:

1. Employment 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. Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.

2. Police and Fire Reform: From Q2 2013 Police and Fire Services have been reclassified as central government rather than local government (as their predecessors were). All police staff are employed by the Scottish Police Authority ( SPA) whether deployed with the SPA or with the Police Service of Scotland. Although the SPA is an 'Other Public Body' to avoid duplication and ensure comprehensive numbers are reported for the Police and Fire category, from Q2 2013 all police staff have been included within the Police and Fire category (and not in the Other Public Bodies category).

3. In October 2012 the Scottish Agricultural College ( SAC) merged with 3 colleges to form Scotland's Rural College. This new organisation is classified as a public body as the SAC was. This has resulted in staffing levels moving from the Further Education to Other Public Bodies categories to reflect the merger of these organisations. Although the SPA is an 'Other Public Body' to avoid duplication and ensure comprehensive numbers are reported for the Police and Fire category, from Q2 2013 all police staff have been included within the Police and Fire category (and not in the Other Public Bodies category).

4. A number of local government staff have transferred to arms length organisations which are not part of the public sector under National Accounts definitions. For example, staff transferrred from Scottish Borders Council to SB Cares on 1st April 2015 and from Angus Council to Angus Alive on 1st December 2015 thus explaining part of the decrease in local government employment.

5. Information for further education colleges in Scotland is based on collected information from Q4 2010. The method used to create the back series is detailed in the background notes of this publication.

6. From Q4 2011, NHS has responsibility for employing Healthcare staff within prisons. Previously, these people were employed directly by the Scottish Prison Service ( SPS). Also, In Q2 2012 1,491 & 1062.1 FTE headcount staff transferred from Highland Council to NHS Highland as a result of the move to integrated health and social care services.

7. Prior to Q2 2006, Scottish Borders Council headcount and FTE figures do not include Casual/Relief employees who were paid in the reference period. This means that these figures underestimate the true headcount and FTE for Scottish Borders Council.

8. In Q4 2015, Historic Scotland (previously part of the devolved civil service) merged with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (a non-departmental public body in the other public bodies category) to become Historic Environment Scotland in the Other Public Bodies category.


Contact

Email: Thomas Pennock

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

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