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West Midlands

The health sector employs 168,746 people, which accounts for 7.2% of all employment in the region. Birmingham Local Authority has the largest proportion of the West Midlands health workforce with 24%. The West Midlands employs 10% of the total health sector workforce for England. The private sector accounts for 25% of all employment across the sector or 43,000 employees.

There is one health sector employee for every 32 resident people

Vacancies in the health and social work sector account for 9% of all industry vacancies. 16% of establishments within the West Midlands health sector report skills gaps within their workforce. Employers within the health sector cite written communication and technical and practical skills as their main skills gaps.

Between 2007 and 2017, the total requirement for workforce will be approximately 108,000 people. This is the total of the predicted expansion plus replacement demand.

Workforce statistics:

  • 79% of the workforce is female.
  • The percentage of the healthcare workforce aged 16-24 years is 8% in the region, compared with 14% in the whole economy.
  • 19% of the workforce is from a non-white ethnic background, compared with 11% in the whole economy.
  • 56% of the workforce is qualified to NVQ Level 4 or above.

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

Changes in the health sector workforce in the West 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: West 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 West Midlands, 2007


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