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East of England

The health sector employs 164,720 people, which accounts for 7% of all employment in the region. The East of England employs 9.8 % of the total health sector workforce for England. The private sector accounts for 30% of all employment across the sector or 52,300 employees.

There is one health sector employee for every 34 resident people

Vacancies in the health and social work sector account for 14% of all industry vacancies. 13% of establishments within the East of England health sector report skills gaps within their workforce.

The East of England saw the largest percentage of growth in the total number of healthcare establishments between 1998-2007 and the largest percentage of growth in the number of medical practice establishments across all the English regions. Between 2007 and 2017, the total requirement for workforce will be approximately 103,000 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 15% in the whole economy.
  • 14% of the workforce is from a non-white ethnic background, compared with 7% in the whole economy.
  • 55% of the workforce is qualified to NVQ Level 4 or above.

Source: Skills for Health AACS LMI report 2010 and East of England Regional Briefing 2009


Changes in the health sector workforce in the East of England, 2007 - 2017

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Notes: *Net Requirement is a total of the estimated expansion of jobs plus replacement demand.

All figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source: East of England Regional Briefing 2009, Table 26. Data from Working Futures 2007-2017 based on CE/IER estimates.


Health sector employees by local authority in the East of England, 2007

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