Quarterly comparisons on a headcount and full-time equivalent basis, by sector, industry and region. Made up of central and local government and public corporations, such as the NHS and civil service.

Publications

  • Public sector employment, UK: December 2016

    The official measure of people employed in the UK public sector, including private sector estimates, based on the difference between total UK employment and public sector employment.

Data

  • Public sector employment

    Quarterly estimates of UK and regional public sector employment, made up of central government (including Civil Service), local government and public corporations. The estimates also include an industrial breakdown.

  • Public sector employment time series

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

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Pre-release access list for Public sector employment, UK: Dec 2016

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access Granted To Organisation Period
Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
PS to Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
Special Advisor 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
Press Officer 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
Deputy Chief of Staff 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
Chief of Staff (Joint) 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
Chief of Staff (Joint) 10 Downing Street 21 Hours
Minister for the Cabinet Office Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Cabinet Secretary and Head of The Civil Service Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Chief Executive of The Civil Service and Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Briefing Official / Statistician Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Chief Economist / Head of Analysis and Insight Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Workforce Policy Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Chief Press Officer Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Private Secretary/Office of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Private Secretary / Office of the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Cabinet Office 21 Hours
Chancellor of the Exchequer H M Treasury 21 Hours
Chief Secretary to the Treasury H M Treasury 21 Hours
Financial Secretary to the Treasury H M Treasury 21 Hours
Commercial Minister H M Treasury 21 Hours
Economist H M Treasury 21 Hours
Economic Adviser H M Treasury 21 Hours
Special Adviser H M Treasury 21 Hours
Press Officer H M Treasury 21 Hours
Duty Press Officer H M Treasury 21 Hours
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Scottish Government 21 Hours
Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Scottish Government 21 Hours
Minister for Employability and Training Scottish Government 21 Hours
Private Secretary to the Minister for Employability and Training Scottish Government 21 Hours
Statistician Scottish Government 21 Hours
Assistant Statistician Scottish Government 21 Hours
Economist Scottish Government 21 Hours
Communications Officer Scottish Government 21 Hours
First Minister Welsh Government 21 Hours
Private Secretary Welsh Government 21 Hours
Senior Private Secretary Welsh Government 21 Hours
Assistant Senior Private Secretary Welsh Government 21 Hours
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Welsh Government 21 Hours
Private Secretary Welsh Government 21 Hours
Senior Private Secretary Welsh Government 21 Hours
Assistant Private Secretary Welsh Government 21 Hours
Director of Strategy Welsh Government 21 Hours
Higher Statistical Officer Welsh Government 21 Hours
Statistical Officer Welsh Government 21 Hours
Senior Economist Welsh Government 21 Hours
Press Officer Welsh Government 21 Hours