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Public sector workforce as percentage of total employment


Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) – IFS Briefing Note BN145


Data sources

Authors’ calculations using ONS Public Sector Employment Statistics, ONS employment statistics (series MGRZ) and ONS mid-year population statistics.


The discontinuity in data at 1991 exists due to differences caused by the changed methodology for calculating public sector employment post 1991, which means the series are not fully consistent with each other.