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: June 2018

    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.

Changes to this release date

  • Previous date:
    11 September 2018
    Reason for change:
    Following a decision made by the UK Statistics Authority, we are changing the publication dates for the prices and labour market releases. The new release dates and further explanation of the reasons for these changes are available in ‘Changes to ONS release timetable’, which we published on 13 February.