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Part of Our workforce demographics 2019

Age

42.3% of our staff are aged between 46-65, and this proportion has grown slightly since our first report in 2016. 

There has been a decrease in the number of staff aged 26-35.

Summary

42.3% of our staff are aged between 46-65, and this proportion has grown slightly since our first report in 2016. 

There has been a decrease in the number of staff aged 26-35.


Changes over time


Changes in the workforce

Starters and leavers

9% of new starters this year were aged 20 or younger, up from just 3% in 2017/18 and 2% in 2016/17.

There is a notable increase in the percentage of new starters aged 21 to 30 this year, and a decrease in those starting aged 41 to 50. 


As a result of planned organisational change, there were 433 leavers this year, compared to 230 in 2017/18.

Over 60s make up 4.5% of the workforce, and represented over 5% of leavers this year.

Employees under 30 make up 10% of the workforce, but 19% of the leavers this year.

Applications and appointments

Over 60% of successfully appointed candidates were aged 16 to 34.

Job applicants by status and age group
Age range Applied Shortlisted Appointed
16 to 24 27.5% 42.5% 33.6%
25 to 34 25.9% 18.9% 29.7%
35 to 44 19.8% 16.7% 13.3%
45 to 54 13.3% 10.6% 15.6%
55 to 64 3.1% 2.7% 7.8%
65 and over 0.2% 0.2% 0.0%
Not shared 10.2% 8.4% 0.0%

Note: the percentage of employees who share their diversity monitoring information is much lower for appointed staff, who must complete another declaration, than at application and shortlisting stage. External recruitment was controlled this year as part of the planned organisational change. This means that direct comparison is not possible across all stages of recruitment, or with previous years.

Promotions

Our data shows that 27% of the 144 permanent and temporary promotions were staff aged 30 or under - 56% were 31 to 50 years old and 17% were over 50. 

Training

During 2018/19, 21 of the 64 participants of the NHS Digital Leadership Programme were over 45 years of age. Seven were under 35 and 36 were aged 36 to 45.

Last edited: 1 November 2021 12:00 pm