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Public Sector Employment in Scotland - Statistics for 1st Quarter 2018

Public Sector Employment in Scotland - Statistics for 1st Quarter 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ISBN: 9781788519380

The statistics in this release are based on administrative records and surveys of individual public sector bodies carried out by the Scottish Government and the Office of National Statistics (ONS). This is a snapshot of employment as at March 2018. The publication includes information on public sector employment in Scotland with distinctions made for employment in devolved bodies and reserved bodies (located in Scotland).

Executive Summary

• In Q1 2018, there were 561,300 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, an increase of 2,430 (+0.4%) since Q1 2017. In Q1 2018, public sector employment accounted for 21.5% of total employment, an increase of 0.2 percentage points over the last year.

• Of the total 561,300 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 90.1% are accounted for by employment in the devolved public sector. Headcount in the devolved public sector increased by 2,740 (+0.5%) over the last year to 505,500 in Q1 2018.

• Over the year, employment in the devolved public sector decreased in Police and Fire Related Services by 300 (-1.1%). Employment in the devolved public sector increased in the NHS by 460 (+0.3%), Local Government by 1,640 (+0.7%), Public Corporations by 390 (+1.7%) and Civil Service by 420 (+2.5%). There was no change in employment in Further Education Colleges.

• 9.9% of the total public sector employment relates to employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland. The reserved sector saw a decrease of 320 (-0.6%) in headcount between Q1 2017 and Q1 2018.

• Employment within the reserved public sector decreased in Public Corporations & Public Sector Financial Institutions by 150 (-1.4%), in the Armed Forces by 180 (-1.8%) and in the Civil Service by 430

(-1.7%) and increased in Public Bodies by 450 (+4.6%).

• In Q1 2018, there were 23,500 young people aged 16-24 in employment in the devolved public sector, accounting for 4.6% of total employment in this sector. This was the same as the proportion of young people in employment in the devolved public sector in Q1 2017 (4.6%).