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The health sector employs over 249,524 people, which accounts for 6% of all the employment in the region. London employs 15% of the total health sector workforce for England. The private sector accounts for 33% of all employment across the sector or 78,500 employees.

There is one health sector employee for every 30 resident people

Vacancies in health and social work account for 12% of all industry vacancies. The highest vacancies are for nursing auxiliaries and assistants and nurses. 14% of establishments within the London health sector report skills gaps within their workforce.

The health sector increased by 33% between 1998 and 2008, which is reflected in both the number of establishments and employees. Between 2007 and 2017, the total requirement for workforce will be approximately 146,000 people. This is the total of the predicted expansion plus replacement demand.

Workforce statistics:

  • 72% of the workforce is female.
  • The percentage of the healthcare workforce aged 16-24 years is 6% in the region, compared with 11% in the whole economy.
  • 42% of the workforce is from a non-white ethnic background, compared with 31% in the whole economy.
  • 59% of the workforce is qualified to NVQ Level 4 or above.

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

Changes in the health sector workforce in London, 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: London Regional Briefing 2009, Table 26. Data from Working Futures 2007-2017 based on CE/IER estimates.

Health sector employees by local authority in London, 2007


Source: London Regional Briefing 2009, Table 6. Data derived from the Annual Business Inquiry 2007 and the 2009 Mid-Year Population Estimates (from Nomis).