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The latest Public Sector Employment (PSE) statistics, covering Quarter 1 2014, were published on 11th June 2014.

See below for the National Statistics publication and updated PSE Websection content.

The latest and past publications can be found on the Labour Market Statistics Publications page.

Public Sector Employment

Welcome to the Public Sector Employment (PSE) Statistics websection

This websection provides access to all the latest Public Sector Employment statistics which are published quarterly. The latest statistics cover the period Q1 2014 and were updated at 9.30 am on the 11th June 2014.

The PSE statistics provide useful information on the level and structure of public sector employment in Scotland.

National Statistics Publication Notice

The latest National Statistics Publication Notice presenting the key public sector trends can be found at the following link:

Statistics Publication Notice: Public Sector Employment in Scotland: Statistics for 1st Quarter 2014

The most recent and previous versions of this release are available from the Labour Market Statistics Publications webpage or via a search of all Scottish Government publications.

Please see the Local Government PSE page for further information on public sector employment in Scottish Local government.


Key Changes to the Public Sector affecting the Q1 2014 Publication:

On 30th April 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced the reclassification of Lloyds Banking Group plc. (and subsidiaries) as a former Public Corporation into the private sector (with effect from March 2014). Subsidiaries of Lloyds Banking Group plc. include: Scottish Widows Bank plc. TSB Bank plc., Lloyds Bank plc., Black Horse Limited, AMC Bank Limited and Bank of Scotland plc.  More information on this can be found in Classification of Lloyds Banking Group and Subsidiaries

On 1 November 2013, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced the reclassification of Royal Mail as a former Public Corporation (with effect from October 2013).  Similarly Direct Line Group has been added to the Public Sector Classification Guide as a former Public Corporation from September 2013, transferring to the private sector.

Estimates relating to Scotland’s Rural College have been revised this quarter following guidance from sponsor body.  The transfer of FE staff from the three colleges involved in the merger have been transferred from Further Education to Other Public Bodies as of Q4 2012 rather than Q2 2013 as previously reported.


Notification of changes to the Public Sector Employment Statistics Series and Websection

From the Q1 2013 publication:

Public Sector Employment in Scotland is classed as a Market Sensitive National Statistics.  This brings it into line with the Office For National Statistics Public Sector Employment publication.

Notice of revisions to Series in December 2012

SG have been carrying out a review of the definitions of SG Core and Public Bodies used in the publication, as a result of the review there will be a small revision implemented next quarter to these parts of the public sector.  This will have a small impact on the historical time series.


Public Sector Employment Statistics in more detail...

More detailed, up-to-date information on Public Sector Employment can be found at the various links shown below:

The latest publication and web-tables provide information on:

  • Overall public sector employment in Scotland
  • Employment in the devolved public sector in Scotland

           This section focuses on employment in public bodies which are the devolved responsibility of the Scottish

           Government or Scottish Parliament.

  • Employment in the reserved public sector in Scotland

           This section focuses on the public sector bodies for which the UK Government has ministerial


Local government employment for Scotland and by local authority

This section provides information on local government employment in each local authority by staffing group (Police and related staff, Fire and related staff and Other staff). This information is collected in the quarterly Joint Staffing Watch Survey and feeds into the PSE publication.

Link to detailed excel tables

Tables showing complete time series for each quarter from Q1 1999.

Background notes

Technical information covering PSE methodology, concepts and definitions. Information on any revisions made to the series are available in the background notes.

Related Links

Links to:

  • Revisions policy
  • UK Public Sector Employment
  • Regional estimates of public sector employment
  • Annual Civil Service statistics