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SCOTTISH STAFFING WATCH: MARCH 1998

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Figures just published show a year on year decrease of 2,256 full-time ...
Figures just published show a year on year decrease of 2,256 full-time

equivalent staff working in Scottish local authorities.

The March 1998 Joint Staffing Watch shows a total number of 236,198

full-time equivalent staff, compared with the March 1997 figure of 238,454.

The figures also show an increase of around 470 full-time equivalent staff compared with December 1997. This latest quarterly change includes seasonal effects.

The new Joint Staffing Watch survey, released jointly by The Scottish Office and COSLA, began in 1996.

NOTES

.There are a number of changes to the coverage, definitions and

classifications used in this survey when compared with Joint Staffing

Watch surveys prior to 1996. These are explained in the technical annex to the report.

.The report gives a detailed description of the results of the March 1998 survey, with comparison with earlier periods. It provides

information on staffing levels in each council separately by grade of staff and service area.

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