During the three months after the election, public sector sector employment decreased by 33,000. Although this may seem a large number, it shrinks into insignificance when compared to the overall level of public sector employment. As of the end of September, there were some 6 million on the public payroll.
The declines were as follows:
- Local government employment decreased by 18,000.
- Central government employment decreased by 12,000 (this includes the NHS, which is the largest single component of public employment).
- Civil Service employment decreased by 8,000 to 515,000.