UK public sector employment in September is estimated at 5.90 million, 35,000 more than in June with central government being the main contributor to the increase; public sector employment up by 135,000 year-over-year: ONS

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LONDON , December 12, 2023 (press release) –

Estimates of people employed in the public and private sectors in the UK.

Main points

  • Total public sector employment increased in September 2023 compared with the previous quarter and the previous year; central government is the main contributor to the rise.
  • There were an estimated 5.90 million employees in the public sector in September 2023, which is 35,000 (0.6%) more than in June 2023 and 135,000 (2.3%) more than in September 2022.
  • Employment in central government was an estimated 3.70 million in September 2023, up 34,000 (0.9%) compared with June 2023 and up 126,000 (3.5%) compared with September 2022; the main contributors to this increase were the NHS, the Civil Service, and local authority schools becoming academies.
  • The NHS employed an estimated 1.98 million people in September 2023, an increase of 20,000 (1.0%) compared with June 2023 and an increase of 84,000 (4.4%) compared with September 2022.
  • Employment in local government was an estimated 2.00 million in September 2023 and little changed on the previous quarter, it was 1,000 (0.0%) more than in June 2023 and 8,000 (0.4%) more than in September 2022; an increase in employment in the police contributed to the increase from a year ago.
  • There were 529,000 employees in the Civil Service in September 2023, up 7,000 (1.3%) compared with June 2023, and up 16,000 (3.1%) compared with September 2022.

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