The health sector employs 244,412 people in Scotland, which accounts for 10.1% of the country’s total employment. The independent sector accounts for 19% of the total health sector workforce in Scotland. Glasgow City, with 18% of the workforce, serves 11% of the resident population and the City of Edinburgh, with 12% of the workforce, serves 9% of the resident population.
There is 1 healthcare employee for every 21 people resident in Scotland.
22% of organisations in the health and social work sector report vacancies. 17% of establishments report skill gaps; of these most cite problem solving skills, oral communication skills and customer handling skills as areas of weakness.
The sector has grown by 40.1% between 1999 and 2008. Between 2007 and 2017, the total requirement for workforce will be approximately 116,000 people. This is the total of the predicted expansion plus replacement demand.
- 79% of the workforce is female.
- 30% of the workforce is aged 45-54 years.
- 95% of the workforce is white.
- 13% of the workforce reports a disability.
- 56% of the workforce is qualified to S/NVQ Level 4 or above.
- 37% of the workforce is in Associate Professional and Technical occupations.
Source: Skills for Health AACS LMI report 2010 and Skills and Labour Market Intelligence Report for Scotland 2010
Changes in the health sector workforce in Scotland, 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: Skills and Labour Market Intelligence Report for Scotland 2010, Table 24. Data from Working Futures 2007-2017 based on CE/IER estimates.
Health sector employees by local authority in Scotland, 2008
Note: * Figures to small to disclose
Source: Skills and Labour Market Intelligence Report for Scotland 2010, Table 5. Data derived from the Annual Business Inquiry 2008 and the 2008 Mid-Year Population Estimates (from Nomis).