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This data is based on the 2,833 staff employed by NHS Digital, taken from a snapshot date of 31 March 2017. Findings are generally based on the largest variations between groups and if the sample size was deemed large enough to allow for inclusion. The information is sourced from:
the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) warehouse system, which holds our staff data
NHS Jobs - a recruitment website we use for our vacancies
Women's mean and median pay (hourly rate) is lower than males. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that the gender pay gap (median earnings) is 18.1%. NHS Digital is currently below this at 14.1%.
The quartile pay bands demonstrate how the male and female split changes the higher up the organisation employees progress. Women (44% of the current workforce) have the highest representation at quartile A (58%) and the lowest representation at quartile D (31%).
We use the national Agenda for Change job evaluation scheme to evaluate all new posts.
The majority of employees are aged between 35 and 54 years. This may reflect the high amount of senior roles and the time required to gain this experience. We also found that:
the largest group of job applicants were in the age group 30 to 39 years (35.1%)
the largest group appointed were aged 35 to 44 years (34.1%), closely followed by 25 to 34 years (29.9%) - these groups also had the highest level of turnover at 29% (25 to 34 years) and 27% (35 to 44 years)
most roles advertised were band 5 and above and required degree level experience
70% of 16 to 25 year olds who responded to the staff survey and declared their age feel that NHS Digital as a whole is managed well, whereas 45% of 46 to 55 year olds disagree with this statement
The percentage of employees whose disability status was not disclosed or unknown has fallen from just over 55% to 24%, reflecting NHS Digital's efforts to improve the quality of data held. The report also showed that:
4.8% of job applicants and 4.2% of appointed employees declared a disability - this figure is similar to the overall workforce profile
93.2% of job applicants did not have a declared disability, which reduced to 73.1% at the appointment stage - 1.9% of job applicants chose not to disclose their disability status
8% of total leavers declared a disability - this is above the current workforce profile (5%)
scores against each question in the staff survey were generally lower for those with a stated disability
An external review of the Disability Confident scheme has taken place and was re-accredited last year.
The largest religious belief is Christianity at 36% and 20% of staff were Atheist. We also found that:
28% of employees did not wish to disclose their religious belief and 3% of employees had an unknown religious belief, compared to over 50% for these groups last year
of 361 appointed staff in 2016/2017, 30.2% had a religious belief of Christianity, 3.9% of Islam and 26.3% were Atheist
28.3% of appointed staff chose not to disclose their religious belief - 3% of appointed staff had an unknown religious belief
40.1% of job applicants had a religious belief of Christianity, 12.4% of Islam and 16.7% were Atheist - 13.3% of job applicants had an undisclosed religious belief
26% of leavers had a religious belief of Christianity and 10% were Atheist
23% of leavers chose not to disclose their religious belief and 33% of leavers had an unknown religious belief
Marriage and civil partnership
Our data for marriage and civil partnerships shows that:
1,304 (46%) of employees were married, 18 (1%) in a civil partnership and 813 (29%) single
7% of employees have chosen not to provide a specific marital status, whilst the marital status of 11% of employees is undefined
44.3% of job applicants were single and 44.1% were married
46.3% of appointed staff were married and 42.7% were single
Our policies seek to ensure that employees are not discriminated against on the grounds of being married or in a civil partnership.
Pregnancy or maternity
NHS Digital's maternity leave policy ensures a focus on an individual's needs during pregnancy and maternity periods. Other support options include:
shared parental leave
time off for antenatal classes
Data on gender reassignment is not currently recorded on ESR. NHS England are currently leading a piece of work to develop consistent national data standards relating to all aspects of the protected characteristics for the NHS, including gender reassignment. Once completed, it will be implemented in ESR and any changed or additional details will be reported by NHS Digital.