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Who is a typical civil servant today?

The 2013 Civil Service employment statistics

ONS takes an annual look at the latest trends and reductions in civil servant numbers

The latest ONS statistics look at who the typical civil servant is today, as well as the changes to the Civil Service workforce in the year to March 2013. The results show that Civil Service employment1 has fallen year on year since 2010.  In March 2013 the number of civil servants in the UK was 448, 835, nearly 79,000 fewer than in 2010.

Who are the largest and smallest Government employers by department?

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is the largest employer in the Civil Service, with nearly 105,000 staff, followed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) – (72,740), Ministry of Defence (MoD) - (49,090) and the National Offender Management Service (42,680). Some of the smallest departments, with fewer than 100 employees are the Office for Budget Responsibility (20), Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (30) and Attorney General’s Office (40).

How many Civil Service jobs in UK regions?

The highest number of Civil Service employees in the UK was in London (over 74,000) and the lowest was Northern Ireland (just under 4,000). Across the regions, in Northern Ireland, the largest Civil Service employer is HMRC, in the South East/West it is the Ministry of Defence, and HMRC in the North East. DWP was the largest Civil Service employer in Scotland, Wales, London, North West, Yorkshire & Humber and the West/East Midlands.

How many people are employed in the Civil Service compared to the UK as a whole?

In March 2013, 448,840 people were employed in the Civil Service. The trends in Civil Service employment are actually very different to trends in employment in the UK overall. For instance in 2013, according to ONS’s Labour Force Survey, there were 1.5% more people employed in the UK workforce overall than in the previous year. In contrast, there were 3.2% fewer people employed by the Civil Service.

How much do Civil Servants in the UK get paid?

The median salary for administrative grades in the Civil Service is £18,900, other management is £29,200 and senior management £77,120. The median gross salary of a civil servant in 2013 was £24,380, an increase of £480 since March 2012. In the UK, median earnings were highest in London at £30,380 and lowest in the North East at £19,970. Around 55% of civil servants are employed in middle management, 44% in administration and 1% in senior management. 

How many women in the Civil Service?

More than half of all Civil Service employees were female in 2013, at 53%. The majority of female civil servants worked in administrative jobs. Around 36 per cent of senior managers are women in the Civil Service, increasing from 31 per cent in 2008. There are significantly more part-time female workers in the Civil Service, with 20 per cent of all workers being part-time women compared with 4 per cent of all workers being part-time men.

How diverse is the Civil Service?

In 2013, of the civil servants who reported their ethnicity, just under 10% came from an ethnic minority. Just under 9% of the Civil Service employees who declared their disability status have a disability. Members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities working for the Civil Service both increased by 0.3 per cent in the year to March 2013.

What is the average civil servant age?

The median age for a Civil Service employee is 46. Since March 2012 the 65+ age band has increased by 800 and the 50-59 age band by 1,500. The median age of entry is 28, and 49% of entrants in 2013 were aged between 20-29. In March 2013 there were 10 senior managers aged 20-29, contrasting with 1,730 senior managers aged between 50-59.


1 Quarterly changes in the number of civil servants, including by department, can be found in the official measure of UK Civil Service headcount: the Public Sector Employment release.

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