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NHS Workforce Statistics - December 2020 (Including selected provisional statistics for January 2021)

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts, Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health Education England Region, Hospital and Community Health Services, Hospital Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations, Regions, Primary Care Trusts, Regional health body, Community health services
Date Range:
30 Sep 2009 to 31 Dec 2020


This report shows monthly numbers of NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) staff working in NHS Trusts and CCGs in England (excluding primary care staff). Data is available as headcount and full-time equivalents and are available every month for 30 September 2009 onwards.

This data is an accurate summary of the validated data extracted from the NHS HR and Payroll system. Additional statistics on staff in NHS Trusts and CCGs and information for NHS Support Organisations and Central Bodies are published each:

September (showing June statistics)

December (showing September statistics)

March (showing December statistics)

June (showing March statistics)

Quarterly NHS Staff Earnings and monthly NHS Staff Sickness Absence reports and data relating to the General Practice workforce and the Independent Healthcare Provider workforce are also available via the Related Links below.

We welcome feedback on the methodology and tables within this publication. Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating Monthly HCHS Workforce as the subject heading, via or 0300 303 5678.

Key Facts

Image for infographic Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

is a standardised measure of the workload of an employed person and allows for the total workforce workload to be expressed in an equivalent number of full-time staff. 1.0 FTE equates to full-time work of 37.5 hours per week, an FTE of 0.5 would equate to 18.75 hours per week.

Image for infographic All NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) staff
All NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) staff

1,170,771 FTE in December 2020. This is 4.4% (49,094) more than in December 2019.

Image for infographic Professionally qualified clinical staff*
Professionally qualified clinical staff*

Professionally qualified clinical staff make up over half (53.1%) of the HCHS workforce (621,962 FTE) in December 2020. This is 4.2% (25,032) more than in December 2019.

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Last edited: 24 March 2021 10:43 am