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JOINT STAFFING WATCH FOR SCOTLAND: MARCH 1997 RETURN

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The latest figures from the Joint Staffing Watch for Scotland show that Scottish local authorities reported a total...
The latest figures from the Joint Staffing Watch for Scotland show that Scottish local authorities reported a total of 239,040 full-time equivalent staff in March 1997. This figure is 8,052 (3.3 per cent) less than the 247,092 full-time equivalent staff reported in December 1995 (excluding an estimated 6,935 full-time equivalent staff in services such as water, sewerage and the children's reporters service transferred from local authority control following reorganisation).

The March 1997 figures show very little change on December 1996, after adjusting for notified changes in reporting.

The report, which together with this press release has been jointly issued by The Scottish Office and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, gives a detailed description of the results of the March 1997 survey, with comparisons with earlier periods. This is the fourth publication of results under the new Joint Staffing Watch arrangements which provide information on staffing levels in each council separately by grade of staff and service area.

NOTES

1.The figures released today by The Scottish Office and COSLA come from the new Joint Staffing Watch Survey. There are a number of changes to the coverage, definitions and classifications used in this survey when compared with Joint Staffing Watch surveys for earlier years. These are explained in the technical annex to the report.

2.The report provides staffing information for July, September, and December 1996 and March 1997.

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