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NHS Vacancy Statistics (and previous NHS Vacancies Survey)

Experimental statistics, Official statistics, Survey
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts, Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health Education England Region, Hospital Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Regional health body, NHS Trusts, Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Regions


Due to resource constraints and organisational changes at NHS Digital, the scope of the publication was considerably reduced from November 2019 to May 2020. The enhanced publication was due to go live for the first time in May 2020, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), these improvements were delayed until August 2020.

NHS Digital continue to work on making improvements to the publication, primarily focusing on working with Trac Recruitment Management Software (Trac) to incorporate more of their data into the compendium publication; exploring what more can be done with data from Electronic Staff Record (ESR); and improving the NHS Jobs data tables.

From August 2020 the NHS Vacancy Statistics series contains data from:

  • NHS Jobs
  • ESR
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Trac

Vacancy related data is provided for the NHS in England.

The figures included in this series for NHS Jobs, ESR and Trac provide a range of proxy data sources for NHS vacancies. The series also includes management information related to vacancies within the NHS which have been collected by NHS England and NHS Improvement. Due to the complex nature of how NHS vacancy data is defined and collected, all data sources should be treated with a degree of caution.

Latest statistics

Past publications