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Release: Public Sector Employment, Q3 2012

Released: 12 December 2012 Next edition: 20 March 2013


Emily Carless

Labour Market Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455717

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Employment, Employment Type, Public Sector Employment, Government, Central and Local Government, Public Sector Personnel, Civil Service Personnel, Home Civil Service Personnel

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

Survey name(s): Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey

  • Total UK public sector employment decreased for the twelfth consecutive quarter in Q3 2012, by 24,000, to 5.745 million.

  • Employment decreased in UK local government by 32,000 and increased in UK central government by 13,000.

  • In Q3 2012, Civil Service employment in Great Britain decreased for the sixth consecutive quarter, by 3,000 to 455,000. Employment in UK public corporations decreased for the ninth consecutive quarter, by 5,000 to 478,000.

  • In Q3 2012, private sector employment increased for the fifth consecutive quarter, by an estimated 65,000, to 23.856 million.

  • The Q3 2012 total public sector employment estimate is 324,000 lower than the Q3 2011 estimate. The Q3 2012 private sector estimate is 823,000 higher than the Q3 2011 estimate. These were affected by the reclassification of English colleges in Q2 2012, which resulted in 196,000 employees being reclassified from the public to private sector.

Contains the latest public sector employment estimates. The series provides estimates of public sector employment by government sector and industry.

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