London remains by far the biggest employer of civil servants, despite progress in moving Whitehall jobs to other parts of the country, according to official figures published yesterday. Financial Times

According to the Office for National Statistics, about 85,000 civil servants were still working in the capital in 2006. This was 7,200 fewer than in 2003, while the total decline across in London and the south-east was almost 10,000.

London’s share of civil service employment over the same period fell from 18.2% to 16.8%.

Regions to have benefited, according to the ONS, include south-west England, where the region’s share of civil service jobs has risen from 9.8 to 10.4% of the national total since 2003, while the head count has increased by more than 3,000 to almost 53,000.

The Yorkshire and Humberside region has been another gainer: its share of civil service jobs has risen from 7.2 to 7.8%, while the head count has gone up by 2,800 to more than 39,000.