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Yorkshire and Humberside

The health sector employs 182,848 people, which accounts for 8.2% of all employment in the region. Leeds has the largest proportion of the Yorkshire and The Humber health workforce with 16%. Yorkshire and the Humber employ 10.9 % of the total health sector workforce for England. The private sector accounts for 24% of the total health care workforce or 42,000 employees.

There is one health sector employee for every 28 resident people

Vacancies in health and social work account for 11% of all industry vacancies. 14% of establishments within the Yorkshire and The Humber 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 97,000 people. This is the total of the predicted expansion plus replacement demand.

Workforce statistics:

  • 75% of the workforce is female.
  • The percentage of the healthcare workforce aged 16-24 years is 6% in the region, compared with 16% in the whole economy.
  • 9% of the workforce is from a non-white ethnic background, compared with 6% 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 Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Briefing 2009


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


Health sector employees by local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber, 2007

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