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Release: Public Sector Employment, Q4 2013

Released: 19 March 2014 Next edition: 11 June 2014


Mark Williams

Labour Market Division

Telephone: +44(0)1633 456728

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Employment, Employment Type, Public Sector Employment

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

Survey name(s): Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey

  • total UK public sector employment decreased by 159,000 to 5.507 million - the fall almost entirely explained by the reclassification from the public sector to the private sector of Royal Mail plc.

  • employment in UK local government, at 2.389 million, is 25,000 lower than at Q3 2013.

  • employment in UK central government, at 2.834 million, is 17,000 higher than at Q3 2013.

  • employment in UK public corporations, at 284,000, is 151,000 lower than at Q3 2013.

  • private sector employment increased by 264,000, to 24.684 million - boosted by the transfer into the private sector of Royal Mail plc.

  • total UK public sector employment is 203,000 lower than at Q4 2012.

  • total UK private sector employment is 662,000 higher than at Q4 2012.

These figures have been updated to take on board the reclassification of the National Crime Agency into the Civil Service from Q4 2013.

This release contains detailed public sector employment estimates, updated quarterly. For most sources that contribute to these statistics, the employment is reported for a specific date in the quarter. The public sector comprises central government, local government and public corporations as defined for the UK National Accounts. Public sector employment estimates are provided on a headcount and full-time equivalent basis by sector and industry. Regional headcounts are also provided.

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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