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The NHS is Scotland's biggest employer and its workforce has a significant role to play in the delivery of quality services that meet the needs of patients, their families and the general public in a modern health service.

These pages provide information on the people working for NHSScotland, providing details on Doctors and Dentists, Nurses and Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and all the Other Staff groups that make up the workforce of the NHS in Scotland. This information is used to support local, regional and national workforce planning.

We produce quarterly reports of all staff employed by NHSScotland as at census dates of 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December. Data are collected via HR, Payroll and Medical Training programme management applications among other sources.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the source for Official Statistics on the NHSScotland Workforce. NES works to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics which is maintained by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). We work to ensure the statistics we produce meet the three pillars of this code; Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.

Latest publication

NHSScotland Workforce 31 December 2020

Published: 02 March 2021

Workforce Official Statistics

Recent News and Updates

Review of Age data published

The Data Group have undertaken an assessment of the publication of granular age data in collaboration with Information Governance. In summary, we acknowledge that the age of workforce staff should be treated as a protected characteristic and is personal data in accordance with data protection law. For this reason, from the 2 June 2020 publication (31 March 2020 census date), we have removed the data available at a level below NHSScotland and staff group. 

It is important that we continue to supply colleagues working in workforce planning, reporting and intelligence with the appropriate level of age information so that their work is undisrupted. Therefore, Management Information dashboards with full age data are available to authenticated individuals via TDI. 

This has been communicated with our colleagues and stakeholders across NHS Boards and the Scottish Government. If you require to access the age data, please get in touch by emailing the


Transfer of statistics from ISD to NES

From 1 October 2019, responsibility for some national workforce data, statistical & intelligence function transferred from ISD to NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

A joint letter by the Chief Executives of NSS and NES, dated 23 August 2019, details the rationale for the changes and arrangements for the transfer of these functions.

Publications prior to 3 December 2019 can be accessed via the Public Health Scotland (previously ISD Scotland) Workforce publication page.