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New report looks at NHS vacancies advertised online

18 August 2015: A new report (2) released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) looks at NHS vacancies based on adverts placed through NHS Jobs (3).

*Regional information is available within this report

The NHS Vacancies Statistics England - 2014/15 report looks at data from March 2014 through to February 20154. The report provides new information on adverts published and covers the number of hits, applicants, shortlisted candidates and appointments.

The data are also broken down by:

  • Health Education England Region
  • Staff Group
  • Area of Work
  • High-level Occupation Code Staff Groups

Today's analysis can be viewed at:


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. Prior to starting this entirely new experimental provisional publication series the HSCIC published NHS Vacancy Survey statistics on a yearly basis with the last publication in 2010 using data for 31 March 2010 and the 3 months previous. Rates in these previous surveys and the figures provided in this new publication are not directly comparable due to the differences in data sources and methodologies.

3. The report relates to the number of vacancy adverts published on the NHS Jobs web service during the months specified for organisations in England; NHS Jobs is a dedicated online recruitment service for the NHS. Some organisations outside the NHS have chosen to advertise their health related vacancies on NHS Jobs too, but have been excluded from this report which is limited to Hospital and Community Health Services organisations in England. Extracts from NHS Jobs have been provided to the HSCIC detailing the adverts created in the system along with a range of administrative information about those adverts. The HSCIC has then processed these data to associate the adverts with a specific HEE Region and to standardise various aspects of the information based upon the approved NHS data standards and to remove information which is not considered relevant to the publication.

4. The figures provided relate to the number of vacancy adverts placed on NHS Jobs whose published date falls within the quarter specified; limited to known NHS organisations within the stated regions for Jobs advertised as being of Fixed Term or Permanent type only.

5. The report provides the basis of a public consultation whereby the HSCIC invites all users to question the statistics provided, to advise us of what they need or would like to see in a vacancies publication, and to provide feedback of their own practical experience of recruitment in the NHS. We will use this information to refine and focus further statistical reports.

6. As with any new data source there are a number of data quality issues which require further investigation as the data is exploited further. As far as possible these have been accounted for in the processing undertaken by the HSCIC but some issues still remain within the data as published. These include a small number of test adverts which have not been possible to remove and apparent contradictions between different fields within the data.

7. Care should be taken in the interpretation of wider comparisons using these figures. These experimental provisional statistics are not directly comparable to previously published information on NHS Vacancies, nor to other current HSCIC publications relating to the NHS workforce because of the source of the information. The figures are provided as illustration of the kind of information which is available, but which needs further development to finalise processes and assumptions.

8. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.

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