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NHS Vacancy Statistics England February 2015 - September 2016, Provisional Experimental Statistics

Publication date: 09:30 January 26, 2017


Note: On the 3rd of February 2017 the NHS Vacancy Statistics tables and report were replaced with new versions which include additional notes related to tables 3-6 of the publication for increased clarity.


This is the latest provisional experimental publication of NHS vacancy statistics created from administrative data related to published vacancy adverts obtained from NHS Jobs, the main recruitment website for the NHS.

The statistics referred to in this document and the accompanying tables are exploratory and provide information on the administrative data available from NHS Jobs as much as on the recruitment of staff.

This publication provides figures which are an insight to recruitment in the NHS but which should be treated with caution, though the expanded time series now allows users to consider relative changes over time.

This publication incorporates feedback received in response to the three previous publications and includes a high level comparison of NHS Jobs data against vacancy data extracted from the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) for the first time. Also included are two new tables, showing advertised vacancy full-time equivalents by Tertiary Area of Work and pay scheme/band.

We welcome feedback on the methodology and tables within this publication. Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating NHS Workforce Vacancy Statistics as the subject heading, via or 0300 303 5678

Key Facts

The data now spans 20 months; allowing for seasonal patterns to be observed.

A comparison of NHS Jobs data against vacancy data extracted from the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) is also included in this publication for the first time.

Data is now available by pay scheme and pay band.


Date Range: 01 February 2015 to 30 September 2016
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Regional health body, Regions

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