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Public Sector Employment

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of all those in employment were employed by the public sector in each year since 1996 in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland, (e) Northern Ireland and (f) each Government Office region. (89403)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about public sector employment by country and region. (89403)

The available estimates, which are annual averages of quarterly figures, are shown in the attached table. Figures by region are not available earlier than 1999.

These estimates are based on returns from public sector organisations, combined with approximate breakdowns from the Labour Force Survey for Wales and the English regions. As these figures are partly based on sample surveys, they are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Public sector employment by region and country of workplace; headcount

North East

North West

Yorks and Humber

East Midlands

East

London

South East

Public sector employment level (thousand)

1999

238

593

440

321

435

413

710

2000

230

641

460

316

428

428

675

2001

244

663

439

319

448

430

706

2002

252

661

459

330

466

440

724

2003

252

680

496

340

467

468

711

2004

262

675

496

368

476

487

739

2005

260

683

492

360

495

470

751

Public sector employment as a percentage of all in employment

1999

23

20

20

17

18

17

19

2000

22

21

20

17

18

17

18

2001

24

22

19

17

18

17

18

2002

24

21

20

17

19

17

19

2003

23

22

21

17

19

18

18

2004

24

21

21

19

19

19

19

2005

24

21

21

18

20

18

19

South East

South West

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

United Kingdom

Public sector employment level (thousand)

1999

629

427

4,205

286

529

197

5,218

2000

638

451

4,266

297

532

200

5,295

2001

643

456

4,349

295

536

202

5,383

2002

644

472

4,448

304

545

206

5,503

2003

670

486

4,571

316

558

212

5,656

2004

696

483

4,682

303

571

216

5,772

2005

706

521

4,738

304

581

219

5,842

Public sector employment as a percentage of all in employment

1999

16

18

18

24

23

29

19

2000

16

19

18

24

22

29

19

2001

17

19

19

25

23

29

19

2002

16

19

19

25

23

29

20

2003

17

20

19

24

23

29

20

2004

18

20

20

23

23

30

20

2005

18

21

20

23

24

29

20