Civil Service Statistics present detailed information on the Civil Service workforce. Data are sourced from all Civil Service organisations via the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES).
These statistics count all home Civil Service employees. They exclude the Northern Ireland Civil Service, other Crown servants and employees of the wider public sector (for example, employees of non-departmental public bodies and the National Health Service). However, there are home Civil Service employees based in Northern Ireland and overseas.
Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence
Statistics standards and policies
Civil Service statistics are designated ‘National Statistics’ in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. A National Statistics status means the statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.
National Statistics should comply with all aspects of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. They are awarded National Statistics status following an assessment by the UK Statistics Authority’s regulatory arm. This authority considers whether the statistics meet the highest standards of code compliance, including the value they add to public decisions and debate.
The Office for Statistics Regulation will undertake a compliance check. This is to review the National Statistics designation of Civil Service statistics following the transfer to Cabinet Office.
All Civil Service Statistics publications and tables prior to 2012 can be found on the national archives . Publications and tables between 2012 and 2018 are available on the Office for National Statistics website through the links below: