Two thirds of the civil servants working in Scotland are employed by the UK Government and provide vital and wide ranging services for individuals and communities, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said today as the Department for International Development (DfID) prepared to mark 30 years in East Kilbride.
There are almost twice as many UK Government civil servants working in Scotland as there are of those who work for the Scottish Government.
The two largest civil service employers in Scotland are Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Job Centre Plus with 9,860 and 9,020 staff respectively. The Scottish Government’s core staff is the third largest with 5,460 employees.
Mr Moore presented UK civil service statistics showing that the UK Government employ more than 31,000 staff in Scotland as he and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell prepare to visit East Kilbride (on Thursday) to mark thirty years of the Department for International Development being based in the town.
Civil service statistics show:
* There are almost twice as many UK Government civil servants working in Scotland as there are of those who work for the devolved government.
* There are 48,830 civil servants working in Scotland and 31,690 (65% of the total) work for parts of the UK Government such as the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
* Different parts of the Scottish Government employ 17,250 (35% of the Scottish total). The UK Government employs 18,080 women in Scotland.
* The UK Government provides 10,000 more Scottish jobs for women than the Scottish Government. The UK Government currently employs 18,080 women in Scotland and the Scottish Government employs 8,060. Women account for 57% of the total UK civil service jobs in Scotland. Women account for 47% of the total Scottish Government jobs.
* The largest single civil service employer in Scotland is HMRC with 9,860 employees. Next comes Job Centre Plus with 9,020 staff, the core Scottish Government with 5,460 staff and then the MoD with 5,340.
* DfID in East Kilbride employ 490 staff and is marking thirty years in the town.
* The nature of many of the UK civil service posts means that they are located in many different parts of Scotland.
Michael Moore said:
“The fact the UK Government accounts for two-thirds of the total civil service jobs in Scotland is a useful reminder that Scotland has two governments, working for Scotland, in the interests of Scotland. The work of the UK Government in Scotland stretches into many different aspects of peoples everyday lives, helping people find jobs, paying out pensions and tax credits and ensuring that cold weather payments reach those who need them. Whether it is defending our coastline our obtaining a passport to go on holiday, the UK Government has people in Scotland who are here doing a job for you.
“These 31,000 jobs are important for communities across Scotland and for the families of all those serving the Government in different ways. More than 18,000 of the UK posts in Scotland are filled by women.
“The fact that the Department for International Development (DfID) is celebrating 30 years in East Kilbride shows the benefits of spreading UK jobs around the UK. East Kilbride serves as an engine room for much of the life saving work that DfID do across the globe. Everyone at Abercrombie House can be extremely proud of what they and their predecessors have achieved in the past three decades.”