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Release: Civil Service Statistics, 2012

Released: 24 October 2012


Emily Carless

Labour Market Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455717

Categories: Government, Central and Local Government, Public Sector Personnel

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: European (NUTS)

Survey name(s): Annual Civil Service Employment Survey


02 November 2012

A minor error has been found in the Data Summary Tool. As a result, data for the following departments have been amended:

  • Home Office

  • Justice

  • Scottish Government

ONS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Key points

The key points from this release are:
  • Civil Service Employment on 31 March 2012 was 463,812, down 34,621 or 7 per cent on 31 March 2011.

  • The number of full time civil servants fell by just over 34,000 to 354,250 between March 2011 and March 2012. The number of civil servants working part time fell by around 550 to 109,562.

  • More than half (53 per cent) of all employees were female. Of those employees who declared their ethnicity, 9.3 per cent were from an ethnic minority. Of those who declared their disability status, 8.3 per cent were disabled.

  • More than four in five civil servants were aged 30-59. Since March 2011 there were decreases in employment for all age bands except 65 and over, which increased by nearly 1,000, and 16-19, which increased by 100.

  • Median gross annual earnings (excluding over time or one-off bonuses) for Civil Service employees was £23,900 in March 2012, an increase of £140 (0.6 per cent) on March 2011.

Presents Civil Service employment statistics, compiled from the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey. These annual statistics provide regional analyses, diversity and earnings statistics for the Civil Service population.

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