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NHSScotland Workforce 30 September 2021

Quarter ending 30 September 2021
Official Statistics
Published: 07 December 2021

About this release

This release by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) provides a quarterly update, as at 30 September 2021. 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.

As part of the development of the data warehouse we reviewed historic employment data and made numerous improvements to how these data are processed and reported. As a result of these improvements there will be some minor differences between the statistics published from the warehouse compared with previously published statistics. This means that this publication contains a planned revision of employment data (which has impacts on vacancy rate and turnover measures), and sickness absence data.

Key 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 1 March 2022.

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