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North West: Public Sector Employment, 2012

Correction

30 April 2013

A minor error was discovered in the adjustment applied to regional public and private sector employment estimates to remove the impact of the reclassification of Colleges in England. This affected estimates prior to 2010 Q4 of regional public sector employment excluding Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form College Corporations for total regional public sector employment, public sector employment as a proportion of total employment, General Government employment and public sector employment in Education.  The regional private sector employment including colleges was also affected by this error.

ONS has today reissued the affected reference tables and corrected bulletin text commenting on the data.

ONS apologises for any inconvenience caused.  For more information please contact pse@ons.gov.uk

An estimated 20.3% of people in employment in the North West worked in the public sector in September 2012.

An estimated 20.3% of people in employment in the North West worked in the public sector in September 2012. This is the third highest proportion of the English regions and is also lower than the proportion in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland.

Total public sector employment in the North West rose by around 5% between March 2008 and December 2009 to nearly 735,000 and then fell 12% to just under 645,000 in September 2012. Removing the impact of the reclassification of further education and sixth form colleges in England to the private sector in April 2012, public sector employment in the North West fell by 8% from a peak of just over 700,000 in December 2008.

Local government employment in the North West fell each year between 2008 and 2012 and was 14% lower in September 2012 than in March 2008.

Central government employment decreased between March 2008 and September 2012 by around 5%. When the impact of the reclassification of English colleges is removed, central government employment increased between 2008 and 2012 by around 4%. The increase in central government employment is due to schools in the North West becoming academies and thus transferring from local government to central government.

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Employment, Employment Type, Public Sector Employment, Regional Employment, Government, Central and Local Government, Public Sector Personnel, Central Government Personnel, Civil Service Personnel, Local Government Personnel
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