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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.

31 page PDF

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31 page PDF

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Contents
Public sector employment in Scotland: statistics for first quarter 2017
1. Total Employment and Public and Private Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount (see Table 1)

31 page PDF

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1. Total Employment and Public and Private Sector Employment in Scotland; Headcount (see Table 1)

Figure 1 provides a summary of total employment in Scotland and the breakdown of public and private sector employment. The public sector is defined according to the UK National Accounts Classifications Guide [1] .

Figure 1: Public and Private Sector Employment, Scotland, Q1 2017

Figure 1: Public and Private Sector Employment, Scotland, Q1 2017

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2017

Chart 1: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount, Q1 1999 - Q1 2017, non-seasonally adjusted

Chart 1: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Headcount, Q1 1999 – Q1 2017, non-seasonally adjusted

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2017

Chart 1 shows that the number of people employed in the public sector has remained relatively constant since Q1 2014. Excluding the effects of major reclassifications [2] , the number of people employed in the public sector gradually increased to a peak in Q2 2006, decreased to Q3 2013 and has remained relatively constant since then.

Chart 2 shows the annual change in employment for the public and private sectors.

Chart 2: Annual Change in Employment by Main Sector, Headcount

Chart 2: Annual Change in Employment by Main Sector, Headcount

Source: Public Sector Employment in Scotland, Quarter 1 2017

Impact of Excluding Major Reclassifications from Public Sector

If the major reclassifications [2] were to be excluded from the public sector series, there would be estimated to be 530,000 people employed in the public sector in Q1 2017. This would account for 20.2% of the total employment in Scotland (this compares to 20.7% if major reclassifications are included).

Public Sector employment excluding the effects of the major reclassifications, would have decreased by 1,940 (-0.4%) over the year to Q1 2017.

The major reclassifications are all included in the reserved public sector in Scotland; their impact in this sector is covered in section 4 of the publication.


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