Public Sector Employment by Sector; Total Public Sector; UK; HC; SA; Thousands

5,436 000's

2016 Q4

Release date:
12 April 2017

Next release:
17 May 2017
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Public sector employment, UK: Dec 2016

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  • Total UK public sector employment in December 2016 was 5.436 million, 1,000 less than for the previous quarter and 8,000 less than the previous year.
  • Central government employment was up 27,000 on the previous quarter at 2.975 million; the highest since comparable records began in 1999.
  • Local government employment was down 24,000 at 2.153 million; the lowest since comparable records began in 1999.
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    The data summary tool is a spreadsheet that allows users to see how a specific department differs from the Civil Service average or from another government department. For example the proportions of the headcounts of different government departments split between men and women, full-timers and part-timers, permanent and temporary appointments, regions where staff work and a number of others.

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    Seasonally adjusted and non-seasonally adjusted time series of UK public sector employment, containing the latest December 2016 estimates.

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