At Q1 2013 there were 5.7 million people working in the public sector across the UK accounting for 19.1% of people in employment. The public sector comprises of 2.7 million people working in central government, 2.5 million working in local government and 470,000 in public corporations. Looking in more detail at the types of industries the top three at Q1 2013 were the National Health Service (NHS) which employed 1.6 million people, Education which employed 1.5 million people and Public Administration which employed 1.1 million people.
Public sector employment down in last year
Between Q1 2012 and Q1 2013, the number of people employed in the public sector fell by 308,000 but this fall was impacted by the reclassification of some educational bodies from the public sector to the private sector. Excluding this reclassification, the number of people employed in the public sector fell by 112,000 between Q1 2012 and Q2 2013
Northern Ireland has highest percentage of their workforce in public sector
Across the UK the percentage of people employed in the public sector varies. Northern Ireland (28.1%) and Wales (25.6%) both had more than a quarter of their workforce employed in the public sector. Within England, the South East (16.7%), East (16.7%) and London (16.6%) had the lowest percentage of their workforce employed in the public sector. However across the UK, London had the highest number of people employed in the public sector at 741,000 but it has a larger population than other areas of the UK.
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