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South East: Public Sector Employment, 2012

An estimated 16.6% of people in employment in the South East worked in the public sector in September 2012

An estimated 16.6% of people in employment in the South East worked in the public sector in September 2012. This is the lowest proportion of all the regions of the UK. The South East accounted for around 12% of public sector employment in the UK.

Total public sector employment in the South East rose by around 8% between March 2008 and December 2008 to around 740,000 and then fell by 11% to 660,000 in September 2012. Removing the impact of the reclassification of reclassification of further education and sixth form colleges in England to the private sector in April 2012, public sector employment in the South East fell by 7% from a peak of just over 705,000. The South East was one of the first regions of the UK to see falls in public sector employment.

Local government employment in the South East increased by around 3% between March 2008 and December 2010 and then fell by 14% between December 2010 and September 2012. Overall, local government employment was 11% lower in September 2012 than in March 2008.

Central government employment increased between March 2008 and September 2012 by around 1%. When the impact of the reclassification of English colleges is removed, central government employment increased between March 2008 and September 2012 by 10%. The increase in central government employment is due to schools in the South East 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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