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East Midlands

The health sector employs 131,515 people, which accounts for 7% of all employment in the region. The East Midlands employs 8% of the total health sector workforce for England. The private sector accounts for 29% of all employment across the sector or 41,200 employees.

There is one health sector employee for every 33 resident people

The health sector saw the smallest regional growth in workforce numbers with 11.2% from 1998- 2007, but with the second largest growth of 38.9% in the number of establishments over the same period. Between 2007 and 2017, the total requirement for workforce will be approximately 133,000 people. This is the total of the predicted expansion plus replacement demand.

16% of establishments within the East Midlands health sector report skills gaps within their workforce.

The highest number of vacancies is for nurses, followed by nursing auxiliaries and assistants.

Workforce statistics:

  • 79% of the workforce is female.
  • The percentage of the healthcare workforce aged 16-24 years is 7% in the region, compared with 15% in the whole economy.
  • 11% of the workforce is from a non-white ethnic background, compared with 7% in the whole economy.
  • 52% of the workforce is qualified to NVQ Level 4 or above.

Source: Skills for Health AACS LMI report 2010 and East Midlands Regional Briefing 2009


Changes in the health sector workforce in the East Midlands, 2007 - 2017


Notes: *Net Requirement is a total of the estimated expansion of jobs plus replacement demand.

All figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source: East Midlands Regional Briefing 2009, Table 26. Data from Working Futures 2007-2017 based on CE/IER estimates.

Health sector employees by local authority in the East Midlands, 2007


Source: East Midlands Regional Briefing 2009, Table 6. Data derived from the Annual Business Inquiry 2007 and the Mid-Year Population Estimates from Nomis 29 June 2009.