- 5.7 million people work in the public sector
- East Midlands: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- East of England: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- London: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- North East: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- North West: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- South East: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- Wales: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- West Midlands: Public Sector Employment, 2012
- Yorkshire and the Humber: Public Sector Employment, 2012
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.
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An estimated 19% of people in employment in the South West worked in the public sector in September 2012. This is similar to the proportion of total UK employment that was employed in the public sector.
Total public sector employment in the South West rose by around 8% between March 2008 and December 2009 to just over 560,000 and then fell by 14% to just over 480,000 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 South West fell by 10% from a peak of just over 540,000.
Local government employment in the South West fell from December 2009 onwards and was nearly 21% lower in September 2012 than in March 2008. This is the third largest percentage fall in any region of the UK.
Central government employment increased between March 2008 and September 2012 by less than 1%. When the impact of the reclassification of English colleges is removed, central government employment in the South West increased between 2008 and 2012 by around 10%. The increase in central government employment is likely to be partially due to schools in the South West becoming academies and thus transferring from local government to central government.