Home > DocuBase > Article

« All DocuBase Articles


Follow DocuTicker on Twitter   Feed

Friday, 21st February 2014

UK: The Public Sector Workforce: Past, Present and Future

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)

As in all advanced economies, the public sector is a sizeable employer in the UK. At its most recent high-point in 2010, the public sector employed about 6.1 million workers, or 20% of all UK workers. The public sector pay bill also makes up a large element of public spending, accounting for well over half of current or day-to-day spending at the latest count. With the government in the process of making significant cuts in departmental spending as part of a fiscal consolidation aimed at helping to bring the public finances back on to a sustainable path, cuts to the total pay bill and workforce are essentially unavoidable. Indeed, the OBR forecast is that the level of general government employment will fall by 1.1 million as a result of expected cuts to public spending between 2010–11 and     2018–19. With schools and NHS spending relatively protected from spending cuts, these workforce cuts are likely to be focused on other areas of spending, changing the shape of both public spending and the public workforce.

In this briefing note, we combine various data sources to provide for the first time a consistent picture on how the size and composition of the public sector workforce has changed over the past 50 years. This initial descriptive piece forms part of a larger project that will provide further detailed analysis of the differences in the remuneration packages of public and private sector workers, as well as the mobility of workers between sectors and different areas of the country.

+ Direct link to Briefing Note (PDF; 1.4 MB)



Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

More articles by Adrian Janes »

Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.

« All DocuBase Articles



FreePint supports the value of information in the enterprise. Read more »

FeedLatest FreePint Content:

  • Click to view the article Market Landscape - Media Monitoring
    Tuesday, 24th November 2015

    FreePint presents an overview of some key vendors in the media monitoring space. The table identifies key vendors and  products, a brief description of the platform, geographic scope and highlights any special  features, key use-cases and value. Products covered include Cision, Commetric, Factiva, Infomart, LexisNexis Publisher, Meltwater News, Newsdesk, NewsEdge, Nexis, and SinglePoint.

  • Click to view the article Detecting Latent Sales Opportunities via Sales Triggers
    Tuesday, 24th November 2015

    Competitive and sales intelligence expert Michael Levy highlights how using subscription information services coupled with information from social media and other sources is essential to allow sales reps to identify companies in flux and with emerging demand. He identifies how vendors such as Avention, BvD Mint, Hoover's, InsideView, and Owler help identify emerging opportunities and prospects.

  • Click to view the article Options for Authentication - Which Approach Does What?
    Tuesday, 24th November 2015

    User authentication is one of the most challenging aspects of information access and delivery. In a recent FreePint webinar Isabelle Garcia, library manager at Qualcomm, outlined the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to authentication, including single sign-on, IP authentication as well as other popular tools such as EZproxy. Sophie Alexander extracts practical next steps and need-to-know information in her article.

  • ... more ...

All FreePint Content »
FreePint Topics »

A FreePint Subscription delivers articles and reports that support your organisation's information practice, content and strategy.

Find out more and order a FreePint Subscription by visiting the
completing our online form: Subscription Order page.

FreePint Testimonials

"We have enjoyed immensely working with FreePint's consulting team. Their broad experience and practical hands-on approach to strategic ..."

Read more testimonials and supply yours »




Receive the DocuTicker Newsletter each week.

Find out more »

Article Categories

All Article Categories »


All DocuBase Sources »

Source Categories

All Source Categories »


All Archives »