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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 2: Public sector employment by National Accounts Sector Classification; Scotland, Headcount

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Table 2: Public sector employment by National Accounts Sector Classification; Scotland, Headcount

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Total Public Sector Total Central Government National Accounts Central Government Categories 9 Local Government 4,6,8 Public Corporations 2 Public Sector Financial Institutions 2 Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions 2,3
NHS Civil Service 9 Police and Fire 4 Further Education Colleges 5,7 Armed Forces Other Public Bodies 5,9
Q1 1999 545,500 221,900 129,000 48,300 - 15,700 14,800 14,100 293,900 29,800 - 29,800
Q1 2011 620,500 266,200 156,900 55,500 - 16,500 12,100 25,200 294,500 26,500 33,300 59,800
Q1 2012 591,800 251,500 154,400 46,400 - 15,200 11,200 24,400 284,500 25,500 30,300 55,800
Q1 2013 584,200 251,500 156,500 45,100 - 13,900 11,100 24,800 278,700 24,700 29,300 54,000
Q1 2014 548,500 278,800 158,800 43,800 28,700 13,700 10,600 23,300 248,300 * * 21,300
Q1 2015 546,600 279,000 160,700 43,000 28,400 13,800 9,500 23,600 248,500 * * 19,200
Q1 2016 546,400 281,900 161,700 42,600 28,200 14,200 10,300 25,000 244,300 * * 20,200
Q1 2017 543,000 282,000 162,600 42,500 27,800 14,000 10,100 25,000 242,100 * * 18,900
Change on year to:
Q1 2017 -3,370 90 940 -80 -350 -220 -230 30 -2,160 n/a n/a -1,300
% change on year:
Q1 2017 -0.6% 0.0% 0.6% -0.2% -1.2% -1.6% -2.2% 0.1% -0.9% n/a n/a -6.4%

Notes:

1. Employment figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred. Change on year rounded to the nearest ten. "-" denotes blank entries and "*" denotes entries that have been suppressed for disclosure reasons. Totals may not equal the sum of individual parts due to rounding.

2. Due to the reclassification of Lloyds Banking Group plc from public sector financial institutions to the private sector (Q1 2014), a new category has been created combining public corporations with public sector financial institutions to ensure employment figures are not disclosed. Both categories have been merged to produce a backseries prior to the reclassification to allow for calculation of year on year changes.

3. Employment in public corporations & public sector financial institutions has been largely affected by the reclassification of Lloyds Banking Group plc. (and subsidiaries), as well as Royal Mail plc. and Direct Line Group plc.

4. 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).

5. 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).

6. 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.

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

8. 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 2011 1,491 & 1,062 FTE headcount staff transferred from Highland Council to NHS Highland as a result of the move to integrated health and social care services.

9. More information on the classification of organisations and institutions in the National Accounts are available in the Sector Classification Guide: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/na-classification/national-accounts-sector-classification/index.html

10. 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.

11. 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.


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