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NHSScotland Workforce 30 September 2020

Quarter ending 30 September 2020
Official Statistics
Published: 01 December 2020

About this release

This release by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) provides a quarterly update, as at 30 September 2020. This includes the number of staff directly employed by NHSScotland and the number of vacant posts there were for nursing and midwifery staff, allied health professions, and medical and dental consultants. When describing the size of a particular staff group figures are presented either as headcount (actual number of staff) or whole time equivalent (WTE) which adjusts the headcount to take account of part time working.

Main Points


Information on staff directly employed is sourced from each NHS Board’s human resources and payroll systems. These are dynamic, operational systems and data can change over time. Work is undertaken with NHS Boards to improve data quality and previously published information may change from one publication to the next to reflect these improvements.

Further Information

The next release of this publication will be 2 March 2021.

Further details on the workforce in NHSScotland can be found in our latest annual publication published on the 2nd of June, with data based on the 31st of March.

Publications prior to 3 December 2019 can be accessed via the ISD Workforce publication page.