There are 112,801 people employed in the health sector in Wales. The sector accounts for 9% of the country’s total employment. Cardiff, with 14% of the workforce, serves 11% of the country’s population. Swansea, with 11% of the workforce, serves 8% of the country’s population. The independent sector accounts for 21% of the total health sector workforce.
There is 1 healthcare employee for every 27 people resident in Wales.
27% of organisations in the health and social work sector report vacancies. 24% of establishments report skill gaps; of these most cite problem solving skills, other technical and practical skills and customer handling skills as areas of weakness.
The health sector workforce grew by 30% between 1999-2008. Between 2007 and 2017, the total requirement for workforce will be approximately 65,000 people. This is the total of the predicted expansion plus replacement demand.
- 76% of the workforce is female.
- 33% of the workforce is aged 45-54 years.
- 94% of the workforce is white.
- 16% of the workforce reports a disability.
- 62% of the workforce is qualified to NVQ Level 4 or above.
- 40% 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 Wales 2010
Changes in the health sector workforce in Wales, 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 Wales 2010, Table 26. Data from Working Futures 2007-2017 based on CE/IER estimates.
Health sector employees by local authority in Wales, 2008
Source: Skills and Labour Market Intelligence Report for Wales 2010, Table 4. Data derived from the Annual Business Inquiry 2008 and the 2008 Mid-Year Population Estimates (from Nomis).