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Public Sector: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in (a) the Civil Service, (b) central government, (c) local government and (d) the public sector in each year since 1996-97. (257011)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many people were employed in (a) the Civil Service, (b) central government, (c) local government and (d) the public sector in each year since 1996-97. (257011)

The Office for National Statistics collects employment statistics for the public sector, as part of the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES).

The requested data are attached at Annex A.

Annex A: public sector employment by sector classification

United Kingdom (thousand); headcount; not seasonally adjusted

Local Government1

Central Government2

Public Corproations3

Total Public Sector4

Of which: Civil Service5

1997

2,728

2,107

346

5,182

516

1998

2,710

2,111

349

5,170

505

1999

2,728

2,115

357

5,200

504

2000

2,763

2,154

363

5,281

516

2001

2,764

2,232

375

5,371

522

2002

2,782

2,324

373

5,479

538

2003

2,824

2,434

376

5,634

560

2004

2,878

2,506

367

5,751

570

2005

2,915

2,564

370

5,849

570

2006

2,925

2,539

349

5,813

558

2007

2,932

2,491

342

5,765

539

2008

2,913

2,489

345

5,747

522

1 Local government covers those types of public administration that only cover a locality and any bodies controlled and mainly financed by them. It includes police forces and their civilian staff

2 Central government includes all administrative departments of government and other central agencies and non-departmental public bodies. It also includes HM Forces, the National Health Service and education Academies

3 Public corporations are companies or quasi-corporations controlled by government

4 The public sector comprises central government, local government and public corporations as defined for the UK National Accounts

5 Estimates of Civil Service employees count all home Civil Service employees

Source:

Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey