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18/12/13 09:30

Scottish private sector employment increases

An official statistic's publication for Scotland.

Employment in the private sector in Scotland has increased by 4.0 per cent over the past year.

Public Sector Employment Statistics for Scotland, released today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, shows that over the year to quarter three 2013 employment in the private sector in Scotland has increased by 75,800, or 4.0 per cent. This compares to a decrease in employment of 1,200, or 0.2 per cent, in Scotland’s public sector.

In quarter three 2013 there were a total of 579,700 people employed in the public sector in Scotland, accounting for 22.7 per cent of total employment in the country. This is the lowest the proportion of employment in the public sector has been since 1999, when the data collection began. The level of employment in the public sector is similar to that seen in 2003; however removing the public sector financial institutions, which came into the public sector in 2008, sees a level similar to that seen in 1999.

These statistics show that there were 1,968,900 people employed in the Scottish private sector, 77.3 per cent of total employment in Scotland.

In Scotland, the devolved public sector saw a decrease of 1,600 since quarter three 2012 compared with an increase of 400 in employment in the reserved public sector. This increase in the reserved public sector was driven by changes in the public sector financial institutions. If the financial institutions were not in the reserved public sector, over the year to quarter three there would have been a fall in employment in the reserved public sector of 2,800, 4.3 per cent.

Within Scotland’s devolved public sector, the largest decrease was seen in employment in Local Government, down 32,600 over the year, however much of this is accounted for by reforms to Scottish Police and Fire Services which has seen the new single forces reclassified to central government. The NHS in Scotland saw an increase in employment of 2,100, 1.4 per cent and the devolved civil service increased by 300, 1.7 per cent.; largely due to increased employment in the Scottish Prison Service in preparation for the opening of a new prison.

In the Scottish reserved public sector, the increase was driven by employment in the public sector financial institutions. Employment decreased in all other categories, with employment in the reserved civil service falling by 1,100, 3.8 per cent, over the year.

The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Public and private sector employment, Q3 2013

Notes to editors

The full National Statistics publication can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01069

In addition to the National Statistics publication there is also a Public Sector Employment Statistics Websection containing:
Information on local government employment for Scotland and by Local Authority.
Detailed tables showing a full-time series – all quarters back to Q1 1999.
Further information on youth employment in the devolved public sector covering Q1 2013.

The data are not seasonally adjusted and therefore comparisons should only be made with the same quarter over time.

Devolved public bodies refer to public bodies which are the responsibility of the Scottish Government or Scottish Parliament. This includes the core Scottish Government and Agencies, Non-Ministerial Departments Local Authorities, Police and Fire Services, NHS, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Public Corporations, Ombudsmen and Commissioners and other significant national bodies.

Further information on Labour Market statistics within Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Labour-Market

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About

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