This figure is 7,038 (2.8 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 reduction of 7,038 in the year to December 1996 is consistent with the reduction of 6,709 reported in September 1996 figures.
The difference in these figures is due to corrections to staffing estimates made by authorities when supplying their December 1996 returns.
This is the third 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.
1. The figures released today by The Scottish Office and COSLA come from data extracted from the third in a set of four detailed annual staffing surveys being conducted over the period of local government reorganisation. 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. The December figures supplied by councils incorporate a number of corrections to figures supplied to the earlier surveys, which are discussed in detail in the report.