This section provides a summary of the civil service in Scotland.
The devolved civil service is made up of:
- Scottish Government Core Departments
- Scottish Government Agencies
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
- Non-Ministerial Departments
The reserved civil service is made up of:
- UK Government Departments
- Scotland Office
In Q4 2013 there were 44,300 people employed as civil servants in Scotland. This is made up of 16,700 (37.7%) people working in the devolved civil service and 27,600 (62.3%) working in UK government departments. The total number of civil servants has decreased by 800 (1.8%) over the year from 45,100 in Q4 2012.
Devolved Civil Service
Scottish Government Core
In Q4 2013, there were 5,200 people employed in Scottish Government ( SG) core directorates, representing 31.2% of the devolved civil service in Scotland. Over the year from Q4 2012, employment in SG core directorates has increased by 100 (2.1%).
Scottish Government Agencies
There were 6,900 people employed in Scottish Government agencies in Q4 2013. Employment in SG agencies has increased by 200 (2.9%) over the year. This increase is largely due to increases in the Scottish Prison Service in preparation for the opening of a new prison.
Non Ministerial Departments
Non Ministerial Departments ( NMD) include the National Records of Scotland, Registers of Scotland, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator the Scottish Courts Service ( SCS) and the Scottish Housing Regulator from (April 2012). In Q4 2013, there were 2,900 people employed in these NMDs, a decrease of 100 (1.9%) over the year.
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal
In Q4 2013 the amount of people employed in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal remained unchanged over the year.
Reserved Civil Service
Employment in the reserved civil service has decreased by 1,100 (3.7%), from 28,700 in Q4 2012 to 27,600 in Q4 2013.
This has been driven by: Ministry of Defence decreasing by 300 (6.2%), HM Revenues and Customs decreasing by 200 (2.4%). Other civil service remained unchanged at 2,700. Despite staff transfers to the Department for Work and Pensions ( DWP) from Q3 2012 onwards; DWP saw a decrease of 700 headcount (6.0%) over the year.
There were increases in employment in the Department for International Development, up 100 (12.9%) and the Scotland Office, up 30 (51.6%), over the last year. Chart 7 identifies the breakdown of headcount employment in UK government departments as at Q4 2013.
Email: Susanne Ross
Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House