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NHS Workforce Statistics - May 2021 (Including selected provisional statistics for June 2021)

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NHS Workforce Statistics - May 2021 (Including selected provisional statistics for June 2021)


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

These data are 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.

An additional resource is being introduced this month showing GPs working in alternative settings.

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.

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

1,193,666 FTE in May 2021. This is 3.1% (35,926) more than in May 2020.

1,344,679 Headcount in May 2021. This is 2.9% (37,488) more than in May 2020.

Professionally qualified clinical staff*

Professionally qualified clinical staff make up over half (52.5%) of the FTE HCHS workforce.

626,798 FTE in May 2021. This is 3.1% (18,961) more than in May 2020.


698,144 Headcount in May 2021. This is 3.0% (20,249) more than in May 2020. 


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

June 2021 Provisional Statistics

This May 2021 publication includes a Provisional release of a section of the monthly NHS Workforce Statistics publication for June 2021. This contains headline counts at national level of NHS staff numbers for the main staff groups and a detailed view of the Nurses staff group.

Last edited: 25 August 2021 3:00 pm