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West Midlands: 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 19.7% of people in employment in the West Midlands worked in the public sector in September 2012

An estimated 19.7% of people in employment in the West Midlands worked in the public sector in September 2012. This is similar to the proportion of total UK employment that is employed in the public sector.

Total public sector employment in the West Midlands rose by around 4% between March 2008 and December 2008 to just over 535,000 and then fell by 11% to just under 480,000 by 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 West Midlands fell by 7% from a peak of just over 510,000. The West Midlands was one of the first regions of the UK to see a peak in public sector employment.

Local government employment in the West Midlands fell each year between 2008 and 2012 and was nearly 18% lower in September 2012 than in March 2008. 

Central government employment increased between March 2008 and September 2012 by around 3%. When the impact of the reclassification of English colleges is removed, central government employment increased between 2008 and 2012 by around 16%. The increase in central government employment is due to schools in the West Midlands becoming academies and thus transferring from local government to central government. This is the second largest percentage increase in central government employment in any region of the UK.

Employment in public corporations in the West Midlands increased by just over 40% between March 2008 and September 2012. This is due to the nationalisation of some financial institutions during 2008.

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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