For September 2013 there were 5.7 million people working in the public sector across the UK accounting for 18.8% of people in employment. This is the lowest percentage since the series began in 1999. The public sector comprises of 2.8 million people working in central government, 2.4 million working in local government and 459,000 in public corporations. Looking in more detail at the types of industries the top three for September 2013 were the National Health Service (NHS) which employed 1.6 million people, Education which employed 1.5 million people and Public Administration which employed 1.1 million people.
Public sector employment down in last year whilst private sector employment is up by over half a million
Looking at the annual change between September 2012 and September 2013, the number of people employed in the public sector fell by 52,000 while the number of people employed in the private sector increased by 537,000 to reach 24.4 million.