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Last updated: 01/10/2008

About the Civil Service

Civil Service statistics

Information about staffing in the Civil Service has been collected and published since 1950, and data since 1970 is available to view on this site. In this section, you'll find the latest figures and links to more detailed information.

Staffing statistics used to be collected by a team in the Cabinet Office, but this responsibility has recently passed to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS now publishes a report every year on the profile of Civil Servants, as well as headline numbers of how many people work in the Civil Service every quarter.

The latest figures

Some headline facts from ONS reports are shown below, with the date of the report they are taken from in brackets.

There are currently 487,000 (FTE) civil servants, of which 53 per cent are women (QPSES Q3, 2008).

Click to view a larger version of Civil Service employment (FTE) 1999 to 2008 Click to view a larger version of Civil Service employment (FTE) 1999 to 2008

8.3 per cent of civil servants are from an ethnic minority, while 6.7 per cent have some kind of disability (Civil Service Statistics Sept 2007).

Click to view a larger version of  Ethnicity in the Civil Service 1999 to 2008 Click to view a larger version of Disability in the Civil Service 1999 to 2007

One in five of civil servants work part-time. (QPSES Q3, 2008)

Click to view a larger version of Part-time civil servants 1999 to 2008

72 per cent of civil servants work in one of the four main departments - the DWP, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and HM Revenue & Customs. (QPSES Q3 2008)

Civil servants in departments

Check when the next reports are due by clicking on the calendar on the right of this page. And check our glossary if you're unsure about any terms, or if you want to find out more about the different reports.