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Public Sector EmploymentThis product is designated as National Statistics

This release contains detailed public sector employment estimates, updated quarterly. For most sources that contribute to these statistics, the employment is reported for a specific date in the quarter. The public sector comprises central government, local government and public corporations as defined for the UK National Accounts. Public sector employment estimates are provided on a headcount and full-time equivalent basis by sector and industry. Regional headcounts are also provided.

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The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Latest edition

Public Sector Employment - Q2 2014
Released: 17 September 2014

Previous editions

Public Sector Employment - Q1 2014
Released: 11 June 2014
Public Sector Employment - Q4 2013
Released: 19 March 2014
Public Sector Employment - Q3 2013
Released: 18 December 2013
Public Sector Employment - Q2 2013
Released: 11 September 2013
Public Sector Employment - Q1 2013
Released: 12 June 2013
Public Sector Employment - Q4 2012
Released: 20 March 2013
Public Sector Employment - Q3 2012
Released: 12 December 2012
Public Sector Employment - Q2 2012
Released: 12 September 2012
Public Sector Employment - Q1 2012
Released: 20 June 2012
Public Sector Employment - Q4 2011
Released: 14 March 2012
Public Sector Employment - Q3 2011
Released: 14 December 2011
Public Sector Employment - Q2 2011
Released: 14 September 2011
Public Sector Employment - Q1 2011
Released: 15 June 2011
Public Sector Employment - 2010
Released: 06 September 2010
Public Sector Employment - 2005
Released: 17 August 2009
Public Sector Employment - 1991-2004
Released: 25 March 2005
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