Civil Service statistics

Statistics on the composition of the Civil Service workforce, including regional, diversity and earnings data.

Responsibility for the collection and publication of Civil Service Statistics transferred to Cabinet Office from the Office for National Statistics on 1 October 2018.

The outputs have kept their National Statistics designation on transfer to Cabinet Office.

The Office for Statistics Regulation undertook a compliance check to review the product following transfer to Cabinet Office. Read the compliance check letter.

Cabinet Office will be publishing the 2020 Civil Service Statistics on 5 August 2020 (provisionally).

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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 Cabinet Office official statistics are governed by the standards set out by the UK Statistics Authority in their code of practice. These standards can be found on our Cabinet Office statistics: standards and policies page.

Annual statistics

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:

  1. Civil Service statistics: 2019
  2. Civil Service statistics: 2018
  3. Civil Service statistics: 2017
  4. Civil Service statistics: 2016
  5. Civil Service statistics: 2015
  6. Civil Service statistics: 2014
  7. Civil Service statistics: 2013
  8. Civil Service statistics: 2012

Ad-hoc statistical requests

Published 6 September 2018
Last updated 27 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have added data on civil servants by median time in department, 2015 to 2019.

  2. Added in links to latest ad hoc publications.

  3. Added Civil Service disabled and ethnic minority proportions link.

  4. Added Civil Service by organisation, postcode, grade and leaving cause statistics

  5. Added in 2019 stats.

  6. Added ad-hoc statistics: Civil servants by grade, age, employment length and paid exit type: 2017 to 2018

  7. New 'Ad hoc statistical requests' group and new page.

  8. Added text under 'Annual statistics' heading. Linked 2013 and 2012 stats.

  9. Added note about the transfer from ONS to CO.

  10. First published.