Monday, September 14, 2009

Public sector workers

Thanks to 'sevillista' at Liberal Conspiracy for digging up the list of what all those people in the public sector who have been employed since 1997 do:

There are 566,000 more public sector staff now than in 1997 (the following is taken from ONS Public Sector Employment Stats, NHS HCHS stats from the Information Centre for Health and Social Care, School Workforce in England Stats from DCSF, and Police Service Strength statistics from the Home Office)

* 42,000 more doctors
* 85,000 more nurses
* 46,000 more qualified medical staff (e.g. therapists, scientists, paramedics)
* 41,000 more teachers
* 116,000 more teaching assistants
* 29,000 more police officers and community support officers

* 49,000 more public administrators (including a whopping 6,000 more civil servants)
* 22,000 more civilian police workers
* 65,000 more workers supporting clinical NHS functions
* 17,000 more NHS managers
* 34,000 more “central support” in the NHS (e.g. cleaning and other functions to manage NHS infrastructure)

Worth remembering next time you hear someone going on about 'public sector non-jobs'.


At 8:37 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TPA/IoD report also helpfully pointed out that the total number of managers and senior managers in the NHS is smaller than the increase in the number of doctors since 1997.

Well, it didn't point it out, but on p.37 it gave a figure for NHS managers (39,913). Your post suggests that there are 42,000 more doctors now in the NHS than in 1997.

At 5:55 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what are all these new managers doing for their wages and tax payer funded pensions?

Is the NHS so more complex now than it was 12 years ago that it needs all these administrators (I guess their secretaries count as support services).

The task on the NHS hasn't changed, so why all the additional paper pushers?


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