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Publication, Part of

NHS Vacancy Survey - England, 31 March 2009

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 Apr 2004 to 31 Mar 2009


NHS and GP vacancies:

The purpose of these surveys are to highlight problems with recruitment so that they can be addressed.

They focus on total and three month vacancies within NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) and GP practices.

Data is presented for both the number of total and three month vacancies and the total and three month vacancy rate.

Caution is needed when looking at some of the smaller areas of work within the main staff groups as the numbers of staff in post and the number of vacancies are small and can show large rates.


  • Three month rates for most main staff groups have risen slightly since last year. GPs have remained level at 0.3 per cent.
  • Total vacancies have risen from last year in every main staff group and now range between 8.2 per cent for other Medical and Dental staff and 1.6 per cent (estimated) for GPs.
  • The number of posts that have been open for more than three months in relation to the total vacancies varies across the main staff groups from about one in four (28 per cent) for total medical & dental staff (excl. training grades) to about one in five for qualified nurses (21 per cent), qualified Scientific Technical & Therapeutic (ST&T) staff (21 per cent) and GPs (18 per cent).


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