A report, produced by the Office for National Statistics, which presents estimates of public sector employment, aggregated by sector classification and industry for 2017.

Key points

  • In 2017 there were 1.241 million employee jobs in Wales, 1.1 per cent lower than the figure of 1.256 million in 2016 and 13.4 per cent higher than the figure of 1.095 million in 1999. For the UK there was a 1.2 per cent increase between 2016 and 2017. Between 1999 and 2017 employee jobs in Great Britain increased by 15.4 per cent [UK data are not available prior to 2008].
  • There were increases in 10 of the 12 UK countries and English regions between 2016 and 2017, with the West Midlands having the largest percentage increase (up 2.9 per cent). Wales and the South East had the only decrease (down 1.1 per cent).
  • All of the eleven GB regions and countries had increases between 1999 and 2017, with London and the East of England having the largest percentage increases (up 24.0 and 23.2 per cent, respectively). Wales had the sixth largest percentage increase whilst the North East had the lowest increase over this period (up 6.0 per cent).
  • The change in Wales between 2016 and 2017 was spread across a number of industry sectors, with the largest absolute increase in the Information and Communications ¬†sector (up 23,000) followed by the Professional, Scientific & Technical ¬†sector (up 11,200). The largest fall was in the Accommodation and Foods sector (down 18,500).
  • In 2017, the health sector was the largest in Wales, accounting for 16.0 per cent of all employee jobs, followed by 11.1 per cent in the manufacturing sector, 10.1 per cent in the retail sector and 9.8 per cent in the education sector.
  • In 2017 there were 296,100 public sector employee jobs and 945,100 private sector employee jobs in Wales. The share of these jobs was 23.9 per cent public and 76.1 per cent private (UK 17.5 per cent public and 82.5 per cent private). Please note that these estimates of public sector employee jobs differ to those of the official public sector employment estimates. The official estimates should be regarded as the definitive public sector estimates for the English regions and UK countries.


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