This bulletin contains detailed public sector employment estimates for the first quarter of 2012. For most sources that contribute to these statistics, the employment is reported for a specific day in March 2012. The public sector comprises central government, local government and public corporations as defined for the UK National Accounts.
Estimates of public sector employment are provided on a headcount and full-time equivalent basis for sectors and industries, and also by region on a headcount basis only. In addition, Civil Service employment is provided by government department and agency. Employment in Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) is aggregated by sponsoring department. Since the inclusion of some financial institutions in the public sector in 2009, estimates for public sector employment and employment in public corporations have been provided with and without these financial institutions.
Estimates of private sector employment are provided. These are derived as the difference between Labour Force Survey estimates of employment in the whole economy and the public sector estimates collected from public sector organisations.
The main uses of these statistics are in monitoring changes in the number of people employed in the public and private sector in the UK, and in informing policy formation and monitoring on public sector employment.
|Quarter||Central government (incl. NHS)||Local government||Public corporations||Total public sector||Of which: Civil Service 1|
|Change on quarter||-1||-33||-5||-39||-7|
|Change on year||-40||-202||-36||-278||-49|
Total public sector employment was 5.899 million in the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of 39,000 (0.7 per cent) compared with the previous quarter. This is the tenth consecutive quarter that total public sector employment has decreased. Employment in local government decreased by 33,000 (1.2 per cent) to 2.647 million, while employment in central government decreased by 1,000 (0.0 per cent) to 2.763 million. Approximately 6,000 (on a non-seasonally adjusted basis) employment moved from local government to central government between Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 as a result of local authority controlled schools, which are classified to local government, converting to Academy status (which are classified to central government) ( Table 1 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) ).
In Q1 2012 employment in UK public corporations decreased by 5,000 (1.0 per cent) to 489,000. In the same quarter, employment in the Civil Service in Great Britain decreased by 7,000 (1.5 per cent) to 464,000.
For Q1 2012, there was a decrease of 278,000 (4.5 per cent) in public sector employment compared with the same quarter the year previous. The largest actual decrease was in local government (202,000; 7.1 per cent), followed by central government, which decreased by 40,000 (1.4 per cent). In the year to Q1 2012, approximately 56,000 employment moved from local government to central government, as a result of local authority controlled schools converting to Academy status. In the year to Q1 2012, employment in the Civil Service decreased by 49,000 (9.6 per cent).
When public sector employment is analysed by industry (Standard Industrial Classification 2007), the largest decrease in the first quarter of 2012, compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, was in the category 'other public sector' (16,000; 1.9 per cent) ( Table 2 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) ).
Employment in public administration (11,000; 1.0 per cent), other health and social work (10,000; 3.0 per cent), Police (5,000; 1.9 per cent), HM Forces (2,000; 1.1 per cent) and construction (1,000; 2.3 per cent) all decreased between Q4 2011 and Q1 2012. There was no change in the level of employment in the NHS. Employment in education (5,000; 0.3 per cent) increased.
Total public sector employment on an FTE basis was 4.787 million in the first quarter of 2012. This is a decrease of 36,000 (0.7 per cent) compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by a decrease in local government of 27,000 (1.3 per cent). The FTE employment in public corporations decreased by 5,000 (1.1 per cent) to 452,000, and the FTE employment in central government decreased by 4,000 (0.2 per cent) to 2.359 million. In Q1 2012 the number of FTE employees in the Civil Service stood at 428,000, a decrease of 7,000 (1.6 per cent) compared with the previous quarter.
By industry, the largest decrease in FTE employment in Q1 2012 compared against Q4 2011 was in other public sector (14,000; 1.9 per cent). The only increase in FTE employment by industry over the same period was in education (2,000; 0.2 per cent).
Private sector employment totals are derived as the difference between Labour Force Survey employment estimates for the whole economy and the public sector estimates collected from public sector organisations.
In Q1 2012, private sector employment increased by 205,000 (0.9 per cent) to 23.382 million compared with Q4 2011. Employment in the public sector decreased by 39,000 (0.7 per cent) over the same period. At Q1 2012, the public sector accounted for 20.1 per cent of total employment in the UK, down from 20.4 per cent at Q4 2011 ( Table 5 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) ).
Compared with Q1 2011, private sector employment has increased by 320,000 (1.4 per cent), while public sector employment has decreased by 278,000 (4.5 per cent).
London is the region with the largest number of public sector employees (781,000) followed by the South East (677,000), the North West (674,000) and Scotland (585,000) ( Table 6 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) ).
In Q1 2012 there were decreases in public sector employment for all English regions compared with Q4 2011. The largest decreases were Yorkshire and The Humber (10,000; 1.8 per cent) and the East of England (6,000; 1.3 per cent).
In Q1 2012, England (47,000; 1.0 per cent) and Scotland (1,000; 0.2 per cent) showed decreases in public sector employment compared with the previous quarter. There were increases in public sector employment in Wales (0 thousand; 0.1 per cent) and Northern Ireland (1,000; 0.5 per cent).
In the year to Q1 2012, England (250,000; 5.0 per cent), Scotland (28,000; 4.5 per cent), Northern Ireland (5,000; 2.0 per cent) and Wales (5,000; 1.5 per cent) all showed decreases in public sector employment.
In the year to Q1 2012, public sector employment in Great Britain decreased by 280,000 (4.7 per cent). Public sector employment in the United Kingdom decreased by 278,000 (4.5 per cent; seasonally adjusted).
In Q1 2012 Northern Ireland (28.5 per cent), Wales (26.2 per cent), the North East (23.9 per cent) and Scotland (23.8 per cent) had the highest proportion of their workforce employed in the public sector. The areas of the UK with the lowest proportion of their workforce employed in the public sector were the East of England (16.8 per cent); the South East (17.1 per cent); London (18.0 per cent) and the East Midlands (18.8 per cent).
Table 7 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) shows estimates of public sector employment both including and excluding publicly owned financial corporations such as Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. A non seasonally adjusted time series for financial corporations can be found at background note 8 of this statistical bulletin.
At Q1 2012, public sector employment (excluding financial corporations) decreased by 29,000 (0.5 per cent) compared with the previous quarter, and by 267,000 (4.5 per cent) compared with the same quarter the previous year. At Q1 2012, publicly owned financial corporations accounted for 3.4 per cent of total public sector employment.
The number of employees in the Civil Service decreased by 6,930 (1.5 per cent) compared with the previous quarter, to 463,680, and on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis by 6,960 (1.6 per cent) to 428,280.
A small number of departments reported increases in employment in Q1 2012, when compared with the previous quarter. Employment in HM Treasury increased by 70 headcount, 70 FTE. Employment in the Department for Energy and Climate Change increased by 70 headcount, 60 FTE basis. Employment in the Cabinet Office increased by 60 headcount, 70 FTE, mainly due to a transfer of Government Property Unit staff from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Employment in the Department for International Development increased by 40 headcount, 30 FTE. There were no other large increases.
There were a number of significant decreases in employment by department in Q1 2012. Employment in the Ministry of Defence decreased by 3,290 headcount, 3,260 FTE. Employment in the Department for Work and Pensions decreased by 1,320 headcount, 1,320 FTE. Employment in the Ministry of Justice decreased by 1,300 headcount; 1,270 FTE.
Table 10 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) provides the employment in Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), broken down by sponsoring department, on a headcount and full-time equivalent (FTE) basis.
In Q1 2012 total employment in Executive NDPBs increased by 390 headcount; 510 FTE, when compared to Q4 2011. Note that this does not include Executive NDPBs sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as the estimate would potentially be disclosive. Three sponsoring departments showed decreases in the employment of their sponsored Executive NDPBs. These were the Scottish Government (140 headcount; 80 FTE), the Department for Education (80 headcount; 50 FTE) and the Home Office (30 headcount; 30 FTE). In Q1 2012, employment in Executive NDPBs sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and the Welsh Government showed no change when compared with Q4 2011. All other departments showed increases in employment in the Executive NDPBs that they sponsored. The largest increases in employment over the same period were seen in the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (280 headcount; 270 FTE), the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (170 headcount, 100 FTE) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (90 headcount; 150 FTE).
Basic Quality Information
In 2005 the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in collaboration with other government departments and the devolved administrations, implemented major improvements to public sector employment (PSE) estimates. Standard definitions for public sector employment across all departmental statistics were agreed and a single definitive set of quarterly PSE estimates introduced. A new Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES) was established. ONS publishes official PSE estimates each quarter, as National Statistics in the form of a Statistical Bulletin, approximately 11 weeks after the period to which they refer.
Further details can be found in the Summary Quality Report for Public Sector Employment (115.9 Kb Pdf) .
Relevance to Users
The public sector comprises central government, local government and public corporations as defined for the UK National Accounts. ONS produces the United Kingdom’s National Accounts. The National Accounts are an internationally comparable accounting framework that describes the activities in a national economy. The relevant international manuals are the System of National Accounts 1993 (SNA93) and the European System of Accounts 1995 (ESA95). As part of the process of producing the National Accounts, ONS decides on the classification of institutions and transactions within the economy using the current UK classification process.
The Public Sector Classification Guide (81.9 Kb Pdf) provides information on the classification of organisations and institutions in the National Accounts.
The public sector employment estimates relate to the number of people employed according to returns from relevant organisations, but they include a number of workers with a second job in the public sector whose main job is in the private sector or in a separate public sector organisation. The private sector estimate, which is obtained by taking the difference between the Labour Force Survey estimate of people employed in the whole economy and the public sector total, will thus tend to be correspondingly understated by a small percentage.
Headcount estimates are based on the number of employees with an employment contract who are being paid by the organisation. Employees can be permanent, on a fixed-term contract or employed on a casual basis. Self-employed, contract workers and agency workers are excluded.
Permanent employees, as defined in Table 8 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) , are employees with a contract with no agreed expiry date or a fixed term contract of more than 12 months. Temporary/casual employees are those with a fixed term contract of 12 months or less or employed on a casual basis.
As well as the headcount estimates, estimates have also been produced for the number of employees in full-time equivalents (FTE) back to 1999. This is based on converting part-time employees’ hours into a full-time employees’ equivalent and provides a better indication of total labour input than a simple headcount.
Common Pitfalls in Interpreting Series
Estimates of public sector employment for Q4 2011 to Q1 2012 are based partly on projections for some sources. As part of the development programme to improve the quality of public sector employment estimates, public sector organisations are working towards the production of timely quarterly estimates. Until this development programme is completed, there remains a requirement to include estimates for certain sources:
Police (including civilians) workforce estimates for England and Wales are published every six months (for two quarters) by the Home Office.
NHS workforce statistics for England are derived from a pay system which covers all but two English NHS organisations. This produces very good estimates of staff numbers. Figures for the two other organisations are estimated based on annual NHS Workforce Census figures. This new source of estimates will reduce the need to revise estimates in the future.
The Home Office has provided estimates for the Police in England and Wales. These estimates are based on projections and may be subject to revision.
All time series in the Public Sector Employment release are seasonally adjusted to aid interpretation. As seasonal adjustment does not preserve additivity within aggregation structures, relationships that hold in the unadjusted series do not necessarily hold for the seasonally adjusted series. For example, total public sector employment equals the sum total of all public sector industry estimates before seasonal adjustment, but this is not necessarily true after seasonal adjustment.
Public sector employment statistics have previously been published for periods up to and including Q4 2011. In line with the published revisions policy for public sector employment statistics (26.4 Kb Pdf) , the statistics have been revised, to take account of late information from respondents.
Tables 1R to 5R (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) illustrate the size of the revisions in each category.
Concepts and Definitions
Central government includes all administrative departments of government and other central agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies, as such it is wider than the Civil Service. This sector also includes HM Forces and the National Health Service (NHS). Within education, Academies are classified to central government. From 1 April 2005, central government includes the former Magistrates' Courts Service which has been brought together with the Court Service to form Her Majesty's Courts Service. The Magistrates' Courts Service was previously classified to local government.
Local government covers those types of public administration that only cover a locality and any bodies controlled and mainly financed by them. The sub-sector includes all areas of administrative authorities including parish councils, though these units are not covered by the current estimates for local authorities. It includes police forces and their civilian staff. All functions of local authorities are classified to the sub-sector, although trading activities that produce market output (for example, housing and municipally owned markets) are regarded as quasi-corporations and appear under public corporations. Local education authorities are part of local government, as are voluntary aided schools, county schools and, from September 1999, foundation schools (formerly grant-maintained).
Public corporations are companies or quasi-corporations controlled by government. Examples include Royal Mail and London Underground Ltd. These companies receive more than half their income from sales of goods or services into the market place (see background note 8 for details about financial institutions, for example Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland Group, classified to the public sector).
The estimates of Civil Service employees count all home Civil Service employees (including from 1 April 2005 the employees of the former Magistrates' Courts Service). Civil Service employees can be classified to central government or public corporations. Examples of public corporations include the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Driving Standards Agency. Civil Service estimates exclude the Northern Ireland Civil Service and other Crown servants. Employees in these groups are included in estimates of central government employment.
Response rates: PSE statistics are compiled from a range of sources. The primary source is the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES). The QPSES comprises three separate data collections; the home Civil Service, Local Authorities in England and Wales and Great Britain public corporations and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). Returned questionnaires go through a series of automated validation tests to check for completeness and consistency and to identify any significant movements compared with the previous period reported (and the same period the previous year). The automated checks are followed up with respondents where errors are detected or further explanation is required. The target is to clear 95 per cent of test failures prior to processing results. ONS targets for response to each of the three surveys ahead of compiling results are 85 per cent (number of respondents) and 90 per cent (of total employment). In addition, each survey has a list of critical respondents (usually those with the largest employment) for which special efforts are made to achieve 100 per cent response and clearance of test failures.
|Response (per cent of questionnaires returned)||Response (per cent of employment)|
|Local Authorities Survey||94||95|
|Public Bodies Survey||88||92|
|Civil Service Survey||100||100|
|Other Sources (see below)||100||100|
Data for non-responders are imputed based on previous returns and known annual changes in seasonality. It is extremely rare for a Local Authority, Public Body or Civil Service department to non-respond for two consecutive quarters. The data collection is statutory for Local Authorities and Public Bodies (Statistics of Trade Act 1947) and positive action is taken to address non-response issues as and when they occur.
So that estimates of total public sector employment can be made it is necessary for further information to be gathered from external sources.
|HM Forces||UK||MoD: DASA|
|National Health Service||England||Information Centre for Health and Social Care (IC)|
|Northern Ireland||Department of Finance and Personnel|
|Other Central Government||Great Britain||Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (ONS); Probation Service and Police Strength|
|Northern Ireland||Department of Finance and Personnel|
|Local Authorities||England and Wales||Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (ONS)|
|Scotland||Joint Staffing Watch (Scottish Government)|
|Northern Ireland||Department of Finance and Personnel|
|Police (including civilians)||England and Wales||Home Office|
|Scotland||Joint Staffing Watch (Scottish Government)|
|Northern Ireland||Department of Finance and Personnel|
|Great Britain||Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (ONS)|
|Northern Ireland||Department of Finance and Personnel|
ONS is now able to produce regional estimates of PSE based on returns from public sector organisations ( Table 6 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) ). These supersede those produced using the Labour Force Survey (LFS) which previously had been used in conjunction with national PSE estimates to produce estimates by region.
Statistics for the NHS for England for Q4 2007 onwards are partly based on projections and informed modelled estimates have been supplied by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care. These estimates may be revised following the publication of the annual NHS workforce statistics.
Statistics for the Police (including civilians) for Q4 2007 onwards for England and Wales are based partly on projections supplied by the Home Office. These estimates may be revised following the publication of the latest Home Office statistics.
Due to ongoing validation of data from the new HM Forces Personnel Administration System, figures for Q2 2007 onwards are provisional and subject to review.
The estimates of public sector employment in education (SIC division 85) differ from the school workforce estimates published by the Department for Education (DfE) (formerly Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)) mainly as a result of differences in coverage and data sources. DfE estimates focus on the number of FTE teachers and support staff for England only. By comparison, the ONS estimates are derived by allocating local authority employees to education using the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) and the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES) in England and Wales. Estimates include all employees reported by local authorities as working in primary, secondary and adult education establishments including some groups who are not covered by the DfE statistics, such as adult education staff and certain categories of support staff. Employment estimates for education in Scotland and Northern Ireland are also included to give a wider UK coverage. The different coverage of the ONS and DfE education statistics serve the needs of different users. Those who require information on the workforce in England who are directly involved in pupils' teaching and learning should use DfE published statistics. Users should also refer to DfE published statistics to gauge trends in education employment. Those who seek data on UK public sector employment in education, in its widest sense, should use the ONS data in this release. For further information on the differences between DfE and ONS data on education please see pages 44 to 46 of the Public Sector Employment Trends 2005 (463 Kb Pdf) article published in October 2005.
ONS estimates for the NHS also differ from the headline figure produced by the Information Centre for Health and Social care (IC). Again, this reflects the wider UK coverage (IC figures are for England only) plus the exclusion by ONS of general practitioners (GPs). ONS, in accordance with National Accounts practice, classifies GPs as part of the private sector. ONS also include ‘hospital practitioners and clinical assistants’ who work in hospitals on a salaried pay scale but generally work as GPs leading the Information Centre to exclude them from their totals to avoid double counting. When these factors are allowed for, ONS and NHS data can be shown to be identical.
Sector classification and machinery of government changes in the period since 31 March 2011 are listed here:
|Government Property Unit||As of March 2012, approximately 50 Government Property Unit staff moved from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to Cabinet Office.|
|Home Office||There is ongoing movement of staff between HQ Home Office and each of the Department's Executive Agencies (and vice versa) as staff move to meet the demands of the business. On 1 March 2012, approximately 7,470 full-time equivalents moved from the UK Border Agency to Home Office HQ in an internal restructure. Between Q2 2011 and Q3 2011 the headcount within Headquarters increased. The main reasons for this increase were restructuring within the Department and transfers of existing civil servants between government departments, in particular: 99 staff within UKBA's Immigration and Border Policy transferred from UKBA to become part of HQ Home Office; 30 staff within the UKBA Chief Inspectorate Unit, (previously an arms-length organisation and therefore excluded from earlier QPSES returns), joined HQ Home Office; 15 staff joined HQ as part of the roll out of Civil Service Learning, a Next Generation HR business, based within the Home Office on behalf of all government Departments, and; a further 31 staff moved out of HQ Home Office to its Executive Agencies or other Government Departments.|
|Standards and Testing Agency (STA)||The STA is a new executive agency of the Department for Education and commenced operating on 3 October 2011.|
|Department for Work and Pensions||Jobcentre Plus and the Disability and Carers Service ceased to have legal status with effect from 2 October 2011. This information has been aggregated with that of DWP Corporate and Shared Services to produce one figure for the Department for Work and Pensions. The Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission and the Health and Safety Executive are unaffected by this change and remain Crown Non-Departmental Public Bodies.|
|Government Office for the Regions (GOR)||The Government Office network closed at the end of March 2011. Almost all staff were made redundant, with the remainder (fewer than 10) transferring to the Department for Communities and Local Government payroll for administrative purposes.|
|The Postal Services Commission (Postcomm)||Postcomm (at the time approximately 50 staff) was merged into the communications regulator Ofcom on 1 October 2011.|
|HM Land Registry||On 18 July 2011, HM Land Registry (at the time approximately 4,990 staff) moved from the Ministry of Justice to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.|
|The Met Office||On 18 July 2011, the Met Office (at the time approximately 1,820 staff) moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.|
|Ordnance Survey||On 18 July 2011, Ordnance Survey (at the time approximately 1,100 staff) moved from the Department for Communities and Local Government to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.|
|Education Scotland||On 1 July 2011, HM Inspectorate of Education and Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) merged to form Education Scotland. Education Scotland is a Scottish Government Agency.|
|Buying Solutions||In June 2011, Buying Solutions had a change of name and is now known as the Government Procurement Service.|
|National Fraud Authority||NFA (at the time approximately 50 staff) became an agency of Home Office from Q2 2011. NFA data has been returned manually by NFA.|
|Scotland Office and Wales Office||Scotland Office and Wales Office ceased to be part of MoJ on 1 April 2011. Figures have been shown separately from Q2 2011 onwards.|
|National School for Government||On 1 April 2011, NSG reverted back to being part of the Cabinet Office. This increased the Cabinet Office headcount. The new learning organisation ‘Civil Service Learning’ is expected to be fully operational by April 2012.|
|UK Space Agency||The UK Space Agency was launched officially on 23 March 2010 and became an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from 1 April 2011.|
|Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS)||On 1 April 2011, the Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA) and the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care merged to form the Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS). The new organisation is an NDPB, staff are public servants.|
|Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)||On 1 April 2011, Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) and the Tribunals Service merged to form Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).|
|Government Equalities Office||On 1 April 2011 the Government Equalities Office (at the time approximately 120 staff) became part of the Home Office.|
|Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency||On 1 April 2011, Animal Health merged with the Veterinary Laboratories Agency to form the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.|
|National Records of Scotland (NRS)||From 1 April 2011, the General Register Office for Scotland merged with the National Archives of Scotland to become the National Records of Scotland (NRS).|
Financial Institutions Classified to the Public Sector
On 19 February 2009, ONS announced the classification of Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Lloyds Banking Group as public corporations from 13 October 2008. To facilitate analyses of public sector employment estimates by users, the following non seasonally adjusted time-series has been created to demonstrate the full impact of recent financial corporations’ classifications to the public sector (based on Standard Industrial Classification 2007, industry 64 (Financial Intermediation).
* Bank of England classified as a public financial corporation on 7 February 2008 from its inception (1946). Northern Rock classified as a public financial corporation from 9 October 2007.
** Bradford and Bingley plc classified as a public financial corporation from 26 September 2008.
*** Lloyds Banking Group classified as a public financial corporation from 13 October 2008. Royal Bank of Scotland Group classified as a public financial corporation from 13 October 2008.
****Northern Rock plc classified as private sector following its sale to Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Ltd, on 1 January 2012. More information about the sale can be found on the UK Financial Investments Ltd website.
Further Education Colleges
On 13 October 2010, ONS announced the reclassification of further education corporations and sixth form colleges to the public sector. ONS, as part of the Q4 2010 publication, took on employment estimates for Further Education colleges back to 1993 or their inception if later.
On 31 May 2012, ONS announced the reclassification of English further education corporations and sixth form colleges to the private sector, as Non-Profit Institutions Serving Households (NPISH), effective from 1 April 2012. As such, employment estimates for English further education corporations and sixth form colleges are included in ONS estimates of public sector employment from 1993 or their inception if later, to Q1 2012. Further education corporations and sixth form college employment estimates will not be included in public sector employment estimates from Q2 2012 onwards. More information on this decision can be found in the Reclassification of Further Education Corporations and Sixth Form Colleges in England article published on 31 May 2012.
The Census is a count of the population in the UK. It takes place every 10 years and asks everyone the same questions to give a complete picture of the nation. This information is used to estimate the likely number of people and households in each area for the next 10 years. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) designs, manages and runs the census in England and Wales. The General Register Office Scotland (GROS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are responsible for the census in Scotland and Northern Ireland. All three agreed to conduct their 2011 censuses on the same day (27 March 2011) in order to produce consistent and coherent information that covers the whole of the UK. The Census generated approximately 40,000 temporary public sector jobs across the UK, covering a range of part-time and full-time roles.
The number of people in public sector employment was 6.054 million at Q2 2011, down 123,000 from Q1 2011. The estimate for Q1 2011 includes 15,000 people employed on a temporary basis in connection with the 2011 Census, but there were only 1,000 people employed in these temporary jobs at Q2 2011. Excluding people employed in temporary Census posts, the fall in public sector employment between Q1 and Q2 2011 was 109,000.
Non-Departmental Public Bodies
Since the release of the Q2 2011 Public Sector Employment statistical bulletin, ONS has published a table detailing employment in Non-Departmental Public Bodies by their sponsoring government department ( Table 10 (517.5 Kb Excel sheet) ). This table does not detail employment at an individual Non-Departmental Public Body level. ONS is working with Non-Departmental Public Bodies to gain consent to publish their individual returns to the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES) on the National Statistics website.
The complete run of public sector employment data in the tables of this statistical bulletin is also available to view and download in other electronic formats free of charge using the ONS Time Series Data website service. Users can download the complete Public Sector Employment Time Series in a choice of zipped formats, or view and download their own selections of individual series.
ONS launched its new website on 27 August 2011. The new website improves the way users can access our statistics but many existing bookmarks and links will no longer work and users will need to update them. More information can be found on our Web Development page.
A list of those given pre-publication access to the contents of this release is available as a downloadable PDF document (33.7 Kb Pdf) .
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