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North West

The health sector employs 251,960 people, which accounts for 8% of all employment in the region. The North West employs 15% of the total health sector workforce for England. The private sector accounts for 23.5% of all employment across the sector or 59,200 employees.

There is one health sector employee for every 27 resident people.

Vacancies in the health and social work account for 11% of all industry vacancies. 13% of establishments within the North West health sector report skills gaps within their workforce. Employers within the health sector citing written communication and technical and practical skills as their main skills gaps.

The number of employees in the health sector increased by 30.2% between 1998 and 2008 and the number of establishments increased 30.4% in 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.

Workforce statistics:

  • 76% 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.
  • 10% of the workforce is from a non-white ethnic background, compared with 6% in the whole economy.
  • 54% of the workforce is qualified to NVQ Level 4 or above.

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

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

Health sector employees by local authority in the North West, 2007


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