Some of the key points are as follows:
(based on headcount)
In Q1 2012 there were 584,800 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, a decrease of 27,600 (4.5%) since Q1 2011.
There were 2,453,000 people in employment in Scotland in Q1 2012 a decrease of 0.8% from 2,472,000 in Q1 2011. In Q1 2012 public sector employment accounted for 23.8% of total employment, down from 24.8% in Q1 2011 and down from 24.5% in Q1 1999 (In 1999 financial institutions were not included in the public sector).
Of the total 584,800 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, 491,100 (84%) is accounted for by public sector employment devolved to Scotland and 93,700 (16 %) relates to reserved public sector employment.
Total employment in the devolved public sector has decreased from 512,800 in Q1 2011 to 491,100 in Q1 2012, a decrease of 21,700 (4.2%) over the year. This has been driven by a decrease in local government employment and the civil service.
Total local government employment decreased by 10,000 (3.4%) over the year to Q1 2012. Employment in the Civil Service decreased by 7,400 (30.9%). This is because in Q1 2011 employment in the Civil Service was significantly higher than usual due to the employment of 6,700 temporary census staff. If the census staff had not been included in Q1 2011 then employment would have decreased only by 700 (4.2%). Number of NHS staff decreased by 2,500 1.6%.
Employment in the reserved public sector (located in Scotland) has decreased by 5,900 (5.9%) since Q1 2011. The is largely due to employment in Public Sector Financial Institutions (part of the reserved public sector) decreasing in the last year by 2,100 (6.1%).
Within the reserved public sector, the civil service category decreased over the year by 1,700 (5.4%) to 29,900. This decrease included: Ministry of Defence decreasing by 900 (15.4%) and Department for Work and Pensions decreasing by 800 (7.1 %).
If banks were not included in the series:
Total public sector employment would have decreased by slightly less, 25,500 (4.4%), instead of 27,600 (4.5%) over the year.
Employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland would have decreased by 3,800 (5.8%) instead of by 5,900 (5.9%) over the year.
N.B. Financial institutions are not included in the devolved public sector total.