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NHS Vacancy Statistics, England, April 2015 - December 2022, Experimental Statistics

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NHS Vacancy Statistics, England, April 2015 - December 2022, Experimental Statistics


This is the latest compendium publication in the NHS Vacancy Statistics series containing vacancy related data for the NHS which provide four different views on recruitment information for the NHS.

Data from NHS Jobs, the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and Trac Recruitment Management Software (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 (NHSE).

Users should note these data do not indicate how much of the reported substantive gap is filled by temporary staff.

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.

The data visualisation resource included within this edition of the publication is designed to give users immediate insight into different outcomes at Regional aggregations and can be found below the Key Facts. As with all elements of the publication, we welcome feedback on this as we continue to investigate ways of gaining maximum value from the data.

To help with the development of this publication, feedback can be sent to: [email protected] with the subject heading ‘NHS Vacancy Statistics publication feedback’.

Key Facts

Data from NHS England

show a vacancy rate of 10.8% as at 31 December 2022 within the Registered Nursing staff group (43,619 vacancies). This is an increase from the same period the previous year when the vacancy rate was 10.2% (39,721 vacancies).

Please note that these data do not indicate where vacancies are filled by temporary workforce.

NHS Jobs data

As previously reported in this publication, the transition to the new NHS Jobs service was completed on 31 October 2022. To date, we have not established a data feed from the new service and are unable to report on activity within NHS Jobs as we have in previous editions. We are continuing to work with NHS Jobs to establish a data flow from the new service. Users of the data will have been aware that lower levels of vacancies were being reported as the transition occurred and although we have not been able to update data in this edition, we have left historic data within the publication as it may still be of value to users. 

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