health in the 12 months to June 2003, figures published today by the
Office for National Statistics show. In all, 162,000 new jobs were
created in the public sector, compared with the 89,000 rise in the
The fastest growing areas of public sector employment are where there
has been the largest additional public spending. The bulk of the job
gains were in education (up 88,000 jobs) and health (up 63,000).
Police and 'other central government' employment also increased
(adding 9,000 and 22,000 jobs respectively). Together health and
education now account for just under 60 per cent of public sector
jobs compared with around 40 per cent in 1983.
Employment in the public sector is now 10 per cent higher than in
1998, due to the creation of an additional 509,000 jobs. Before this
the number of public sector jobs had fallen for over 15 years.
Current totals are still well down on levels seen in the 1970s and
1980s, though the biggest single cause of the fall since that period
was the reclassification of corporations following privatisation.
Revisions to public sector job figures since last year's article are
small and largely reflect additional quality assurance. ONS is
currently working on producing more timely estimates of public sector
The full article, which will appear in the July 2003 issues of
Economic Trends and Labour Market Trends, is available here.
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