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 Q4 2013 and were updated at 9.30 am on the 19th March 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 4th Quarter 2013
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 Q4 2013 Publication:
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). This reclassification has resulted in approximately 12,300 staff (headcount) moving into private sector.
Similarly Direct Line Group has been added to the Public Sector Classification Guide as a former Public Corporation from September 2013, resulting in the transfer of 96 staff (headcount) into the private sector. The impact of these reclassifications are covered in the key points below. Some secondary analysis is presented in this publication to provide users with a public sector employment series which allows a consistent comparison over time.
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.