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NHS Vacancy Statistics England, February 2015 - March 2019, Provisional Experimental Statistics

Experimental statistics, Official statistics
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Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts, Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, NHS Trusts, Regions
Date Range:
01 Feb 2015 to 31 Mar 2019


The NHS Improvement Quarter 4 NHS Trust performance report publication has been delayed, therefore the link to the latest NHS Improvement management information within this publication will not work at present. Once the performance report has been published by NHS Improvement, this temporary issue will be resolved.

This is the latest provisional experimental publication of NHS vacancy statistics created from administrative data related to published vacancy adverts obtained from NHS Jobs, the main recruitment website for the NHS.

The statistics referred to in this document and the accompanying tables are exploratory and provide information on the administrative data available from NHS Jobs as much as on the recruitment of staff. This publication provides figures which are an insight to recruitment in the NHS but which should be treated with caution, though the expanded time series now allows users to consider relative changes over time.

For the first time this publication also includes management information related to vacancies and vacancy rates within the NHS which have been collected and published by NHS Improvement. This makes it the first compendium publication of the series. The publication date has been brought forward to be released on the same day as the NHS Improvement Q4 2018/19 performance report. NHS Digital then intend to make NHS Vacancy Statistics a quarterly publication to align further with the publication schedule for the NHS Improvement vacancy related data.

Key Facts

  • In March 2019 there were 29,405 advertised vacancy full-time equivalents in England published, this compares to 28,998 in 2018, 30,613 in 2017, 26,424 in 2016 and 26,406 in 2015.
  • Between 1 January 2019 – 31 March 2019 there were 89,589 advertised vacancy full-time equivalents in England. Of these 84 per cent (74,964) were permanent and 16 per cent (14,624) were fixed-term.
  • The number of advertised vacancy full-time equivalents varied between the National Workforce Data Set (NWD) Staff Groups. In March 2019 the highest percentage was seen in the ‘Nursing and Midwifery Registered’ Staff Group which accounted for 42 per cent (12,262 out of 29,405) of vacancy full-time equivalents followed by 20 per cent (5,811 out of 29,405) in the ‘Administrative and Clerical’ Staff Group.

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