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Release: Public Sector Employment, Q4 2012

Released: 20 March 2013 Next edition: 12 June 2013


Emily Carless

Labour Market Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455717

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Employment, Employment Type, Public Sector Employment, Government, Central and Local Government, Public Sector Personnel, Civil Service Personnel, Home Civil Service Personnel

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

Survey name(s): Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey

  • During Q4 2012, total UK public sector employment decreased for the thirteenth consecutive quarter, by 20,000 to 5.722 million.

  • During Q4 2012, employment in UK local government decreased by 32,000, and employment in the Civil Service in Great Britain decreased by 4,000.

  • During Q4 2012, UK central government employment increased by 11,000, and employment in UK public corporations increased by 1,000.

  • During Q4 2012, UK private sector employment increased for the sixth consecutive quarter, by an estimated 151,000 to 24.010 million.

  • At Q4 2012, the UK total public sector employment estimate is 313,000 lower, and the UK total private sector estimate 904,000 higher, than their respective Q4 2011 estimates. These were affected by the reclassification of English colleges in Q2 2012, which resulted in 196,000 employees being reclassified from the public to the private sector.

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:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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