Labour Market Division
Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455717
Frequency of release: Quarterly
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: UK and GB
Survey name(s): Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey
This bulletin contains detailed public sector employment estimates, including new estimates for Q4 2012. For most sources that contribute to these statistics, the employment is reported for a specific day in December 2012. The public sector comprises central government, local government and public corporations as defined for the UK National Accounts.
The release also includes estimates of employment in the private sector. 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.
As part of this release revisions have been made to the series in line with the revisions policy for Public Sector Employment Statistics.
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. They are the official measure of UK public sector employment.
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.