Headlines: January 23rd, 1998

The number of civil servants continues to fall. In the third quarter of 1997 the figure went down by 1,600 to 471,000 and this represents a 3% fall compared to the same period last year. Since the 1976 peak, the number has fallen from 751,000, a decrease of 37 per cent.The largest reductions occurred in the Benefits Agency (860 down), the Ministry of Defence (480 down) and the Inland Revenue (410 down). The largest increases in numbers were in the Prison Service (340 up), in response to the increasing prison population and HM Customs and Excise (340 up), as part of the Spend to Save initiative.

Details of the numbers of staff in each department and executive agency are available at http://www.open.gov.uk/co/cseg/pmcsd/oct97int.htm

Further information on the latest quarters figures is available on the Cabinet Office Web site at: http://www.open.gov.uk/co/cseg/pmcsd/stats/media.htm

Further Information about recruitment and wastage is available at: http://www.open.gov.uk/co/cseg/pmcsd/psbrief/brief.htm