NHS Digital has used administrative data to construct an image of vacancy statistics for the NHS between February, 2015 and March in 2017. The data used for the report was extracted using published vacancy adverts from NHS Jobs. NHS Jobs functions as the leading recruitment website used to fill NHS vacancies.
The report offers information on the numbers involved but is also meant to offer insight into the process of NHS recruitment.
Some of the stand-out findings from the report:
Full-time equivalent positions advertised in England
- March 2015: 26,406 positions
- March 2016: 26,424 positions
- March 2017: 30,613 positions
The number of full-time equivalent positions in England advertised in the 1st quarter of 2017 reached 86,035.
- 81% (69,849) were permanent
- 19% (16,186) were on a fixed-term basis
Most positions advertised in March of this year were in a single NHS staff group:
- 38% of positions were in “Nursing and Midwifery Registered”
- 21% were in “Administrative and Clerical”
The following graph shows in greater detail the flow from 2015 to 2017.