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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 8: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Full-time equivalent

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Table 8: Total devolved public sector employment by sector; Scotland, Full-time equivalent

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 384,100 106,000 14,100 - 11,500 7,800 235,400 9,200
Q1 2011 426,200 133,300 17,900 - 12,100 13,900 243,000 6,000
Q1 2012 413,100 131,200 15,800 - 11,100 13,300 235,600 6,000
Q1 2013 412,500 133,200 15,800 - 10,600 13,900 232,500 6,500
Q1 2014 412,800 135,600 16,100 27,800 10,400 12,600 202,800 7,500
Q1 2015 413,900 137,600 16,600 27,700 10,500 12,800 201,900 6,800
Q1 2016 412,700 138,500 16,000 27,500 10,500 13,900 199,100 7,300
Q1 2017 411,200 139,400 16,000 27,100 10,300 13,800 196,900 7,500
Change on year to:
Q1 2017 -1,520 970 30 -340 -190 -30 -2,220 240
% change on year:
Q1 2017 -0.4% 0.7% 0.2% -1.2% -1.8% -0.2% -1.1% 3.3%

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 part of the private 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

The Scottish Government
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