NHS Employers workforce survey results published


25 / 10 / 2013 8.44am

In July, we sought participation from HR directors across the NHS in an online workforce survey.

The survey was designed to gather information on pay awards and affordability along with recruitment, retention, workforce supply and service demand.

We would like to thank everyone who participated. Responses were received from 60 organisations representing all regions (London, North, Midlands and South).

Download a summary of the findings. 

NHS labour market indications

Workforce supply and international recruitment

  • 214 reported staff shortages across all occupations
  • majority of hard to fill vacancies are for between 1-10 full time equivalent (FTE) with more severe shortages (30+) reported by small numbers in pockets of the country
  • 53 per cent of hard to fill vacancies have remained unfilled for 3-12 months from first advertisement
  • local and national skills shortages are reported as the main reasons for recruitment difficulties
  • employers will most likely use recruitment campaigns and temporary staff to manage occupational shortages
  • oversupply is most common amongst the support workforce and admin & clerical staff groups.

How we will use this information

We have already used the information gathered to inform our submission to the NHS Pay Review Bodies.

Looking ahead, the results will help us to effectively represent employers on supply and demand issues to our key national stakeholders and departments, calls for evidence from the Migration Advisory Committee and help target our work on international recruitment.

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