Annual changes in public sector employment, United Kingdom
Employment in the public sector rose by 72,000 in the year to September 2005, compared with an increase of 115,000 in the previous year to September 2004.
The largest increases in public sector employment in the year to September 2005 were in health and social work (45,000) and education (25,000). There were also increases in the police service (including civilians) (10,000) and public administration (3,000).
There were decreases in HM Forces (8,000) and construction (7,000).
The number of employees in the Civil Service in Great Britain decreased by 3,000 to stand at 567,000.
From 1991 to 1998, public sector employment fell every year, with an overall reduction of 816,000 over that period. From 1998 public sector employment rose every year to stand at 5,826,000 in September 2005. This was 663,000 higher than in June 1998, but still below the levels of 1991 and 1992.
In the year to September 2005, employment in the private sector rose by 249,000 compared with the rise of 72,000 in the public sector.
Sources: Office for National Statistics; Defence Analytical Services Agency, Ministry of Defence; Cabinet Office; Home Office, Local Government Authorities; NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre; National Assembly for Wales; Common Services Agency; Scottish Executive; Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
Notes: Data are presented on a headcount basis. Figures for the NHS workforce in England, Wales & Scotland for December (Q4) 2004 and March (Q1) 2005 to September (Q3) 2005 as well as the Police workforce in England & Wales for June (Q2) 2005 and September (Q3) 2005 are based on projections and are therefore subject to revision.