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NHS Vacancy Statistics England, February 2015 - March 2017, Provisional Experimental Statistics

Experimental statistics, Official statistics
Publication Date:
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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 2017


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.

We welcome feedback on the methodology and tables within this publication. Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating NHS Workforce Vacancy Statistics as the subject heading, via [email protected] or 0300 303 5678


  • In March 2017 there were 30,613 advertised vacancy full-time equivalents published in England, this compares to 26,424 in 2016 and 26,406 in 2015.
  • In quarter 1 2017 (January 2017 - 31 March 2017) there were 86,035 advertised vacancy full-time equivalents in England. Of these 81 per cent (69,849) were permanent and 19 per cent (16,186) were fixed-term.
  • The number of advertised vacancy full time equivalents varied between the National Workforce Data Set (NWD) Staff Groups. In March 2017 the highest percentage was seen in the 'Nursing and Midwifery Registered' Staff Group which accounted for 38 per cent (11,485 out of 30,613) of vacancies full-time equivalents followed by 21 per cent (6,575 out of 30,613) in the 'Administrative and Clerical' Staff Group.


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