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South East

The health sector employs 264,071 people, which accounts for 7.1% of all employment in the region. The South East employs 15.7% of the total health sector workforce for England. The private sector accounts for 23.5% of all employment across the sector or 59,200 employees.

There is one health sector employee for every 31 resident people

Vacancies in the health and social work sector account for 12% of all Industry vacancies. 18% of establishments within the South East 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 164,000 people. This is the total of the predicted expansion plus replacement demand.

Workforce statistics:

  • 76% of the workforce is female.
  • The percentage of the healthcare workforce aged 16-24 years is 7% in the region, compared with 14% in the whole economy.
  • 12% of the workforce is from a non-white ethnic background, compared with 7% in the whole economy.
  • 54% of the workforce is qualified to NVQ Level 4 or above.

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


Changes in the health sector workforce in the South East, 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: South East Regional Briefing 2009, Table 26. Data from Working Futures 2007-2017 based on CE/IER estimates.


Health sector employees by local authority in the South East, 2007

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