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Public And Private Sector Employees

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will give a percentage breakdown for both public and private sectors of those employed in (a) manufacturing industry and (b) non-manufacturing industry;(2) what percentage of the United Kingdom work force is employed in (

a) the public sector and ( b) the private sector.

The latest available figures relate to mid-year 1978 and were given in the article "Employment in the public and private sectors 1961–1978" in the November 1979 issue of Economic Trends. The information requested is as follows:

United Kingdom employed labour force*: percentages in the public and private sectors
Public Sector
All industries and services30
Manufacturing industries6
Non-manufacturing industries39
Private Sector
All industries and services70
Manufacturing industries94
Non-manufacturing industries61
* Consisting of employees in employment, self-employed and Her Majesty's Forces.