Back in June 2008 - before the age of austerity, before the cuts, before all those civil servants were cast on the scrap heap, public sector employment in the UK was:
6,019,000 - that's 20.4% of the workforce
Now, after all the austerity, the draconian cuts and Osborne's reign of terror, public sector employment in the UK is:
5,942,000 - that's 20.4% of the workforce
Interesting don't you think?
Source: ONS (table EMP02 here)