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Public sector employment by parliamentary constituency

Published Friday, December 7, 2018

This note analyses public sector employment by Parliamentary constituency.

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In June 2018 there were around 5.3 million public sector workers in the UK, representing 16.5% of all people in employment.

The number of people employed in the public sector decreased by 16.8% between 2010 and 2018, in part owing to organisations being reclassified from the public to the private sector. Excluding the effect of these reclassifications, public sector employment decreased by 6.8%.

Northern Ireland had the highest share of workers employed in the public sector out of all UK countries and regions at June 2018 (25.3%). London had the lowest share of workers employed in the public sector (13.5%).

However, because the total number of people working in London is higher than for other regions, London still had the highest number of public sector workers of any region (722,000). Northern Ireland had the lowest number (211,000).

Estimates for public sector employment by constituency are available from the Office for National Statistics' Business Register and Employment Survey and are provided in the spreadsheet below.

Commons Briefing papers SN05635

Authors: Olivia Phelan; Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic policy, Employment, Public expenditure

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