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NHS Vacancy Statistics England April 2015 – June 2022 Experimental Statistics

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NHS Vacancy Statistics England April 2015 – June 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 and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).

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 and NHS Improvement

show a vacancy rate of 11.8% as at 30 June 2022 within the Registered Nursing staff group (46,828 vacancies). This is an increase from the same period the previous year when the vacancy rate was 10.3% (38,814 vacancies).

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

NHS Jobs data

NHS Jobs have announced that from 31 October 2022 the transition to the new service will be complete and the current service will no longer be in use. As previously reported on this page, levels of advertised FTE from the current service will continue to fall as the transition occurs and data for September 2022 (scheduled for publication on 1 December) will represent the last full publication from that service. Until a data flow has been established from the new service, we are unable to quantify the number of vacancies being advertised on it.

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