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NHS Workforce Statistics - March 2021 (Including selected provisional statistics for April 2021)

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NHS Workforce Statistics - March 2021 (Including selected provisional statistics for April 2021)

Please note: Due to operational reasons the provisional statistics data file for April 2021 which contains high level staff numbers, released a month ahead of the full April publication, was not published on 1st July. The file was made available on the 6th July, we apologise for any inconvenience this caused.

1 July 2021 09:30 AM


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 [email protected] or 0300 303 5678.

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.

All NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) staff

1,197,747 FTE in March 2021. This is 5.1% (58,325) more than in March 2020.

1,348,499 Headcount in March 2021. This is 4.8% (61,471) more than in March 2020.

Professionally qualified clinical staff*

Professionally qualified clinical staff make up over half (52.5%) of the FTE HCHS workforce.   629,151 FTE in March 2021. This is 4.1% (24,887) more than in March 2020.

700,140 Headcount in March 2021. This is 3.9% (25,977) more than in March 2020.            



* This group includes all HCHS doctors, qualified nurses and health visitors, midwives, qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and qualified ambulance staff.                                            

Last edited: 6 July 2021 9:35 am