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Public sector employment by parliamentary constituency

Published Thursday, November 9, 2017

This note analyses public sector employment by Parliamentary constituency.

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In June 2017 there were around 5.4 million public sector workers in the UK representing 16.9% of those in employment.

Since 2010 the number of public sector workers has fallen by 15.0%. Public sector employment statistics have been effected by reclassification. ONS estimates excluding the effects of reclassification show that levels of public sector employment have fallen by around 7.5% since 2010.


Region data is available from the ONS Public Sector Employment bulletin. This is the recommended source for public sector employment statistics, but does not provide data below a regional level.

In June 2017 London had the highest number of public sector workers (744,000) and Northern Ireland had the lowest (205,000).

Local level data on public sector employment is available from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES). The latest available data for constituencies is for 2016 and is detailed in the table in this briefing paper.

Commons Briefing papers SN05635

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic policy, Economic situation, Employment, Public expenditure

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