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

Experimental statistics, Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts, Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, NHS Trusts, Regions
Date Range:
01 Feb 2015 to 30 Sep 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 September 2017 there were 28,242 advertised vacancy full-time equivalents in England published, this compares to 29,309 in 2016 and 26,982 in 2015.
  • In quarter 3 2017 (July 2017 - 30 September 2017) there were 87,964 advertised vacancy full-time equivalents in England. Of these 81 per cent (71,251) were permanent and 19 per cent (16,713) were fixed-term.
  • The number of advertised vacancy full time equivalents varied between the National Workforce Data Set (NWD) Staff Groups. In September 2017 the highest percentage was seen in the 'Nursing and Midwifery Registered' Staff Group which accounted for 40 per cent (11,247 out of 28,242) of vacancy full-time equivalents followed by 21 per cent (6,022 out of 28,242) in the 'Administrative and Clerical' Staff Group. 

Access the NHS Vacancy Statistics Feb 2015 - Sept 2017 data visualisation tool.

This tool is in Microsoft PowerBI which does not fully support all accessibility needs. If you need further assistance, contact us for help.


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