The official measure of people employed in the UK public sector, including private sector estimates (derived from the difference between total UK employment and public sector employment).

Publications

  • Public sector employment, UK: September 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.

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
  • 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.

Pre-release access list for Public sector employment, UK: Sept 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 24 Hours
PS to Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Head of Research and Information 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Briefing Official 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Special Advisor 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Deputy Chief of Staff 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Chief of Staff (Joint) 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Chief of Staff (Joint) 10 Downing Street 24 Hours
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Cabinet Secretary and Head of The Civil Service Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Chief Executive of The Civil Service Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Statistician Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Director Civil Service Group Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Higher Statistical Officer Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Senior Policy Adviser Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Senior Press Officer Cabinet Office 24 Hours
DG Civil Service Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Special Adviser Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Head of Communications Cabinet Office 24 Hours
Deputy Director Local Policy Analysis Department for Communities and Local Government 24 Hours
Policy Adviser Department for Communities and Local Government 24 Hours
Assistant Economist Department for Communities and Local Government 24 Hours
Chancellor of the Exchequer H M Treasury 24 Hours
Chief Secretary to the Treasury H M Treasury 24 Hours
Financial Secretary to the Treasury H M Treasury 24 Hours
Press Officer H M Treasury 24 Hours
Economic Adviser H M Treasury 24 Hours
Special Adviser H M Treasury 24 Hours
Economist H M Treasury 24 Hours
Commercial Minister H M Treasury 24 Hours
Duty Press Officer H M Treasury 24 Hours
First Minister Scottish Government 24 Hours
Dept First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills Scottish Government 24 Hours
Minister for Employability and Training Scottish Government 24 Hours
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Scottish Government 24 Hours
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Scottish Government 24 Hours
Head of Economic Strategy, Jobs and Fair Work Scottish Government 24 Hours
Special Adviser Scottish Government 24 Hours
Communications Officer Scottish Government 24 Hours
Statistician Scottish Government 24 Hours
Assistant Statistician Scottish Government 24 Hours
Economist Scottish Government 24 Hours
Economist Scottish Government 24 Hours
First Minister Welsh Government 24 Hours
Senior Statistical Officer Welsh Government 24 Hours
Higher Statistical Officer Welsh Government 24 Hours
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Welsh Government 24 Hours
Senior Economist Welsh Government 24 Hours
Press Officer Welsh Government 24 Hours
Director of Strategy Welsh Government 24 Hours
Deputy Head of Labour Market Analysis Division Department for Work and Pensions 24 Hours