1. Main facts and figures
- in 2017, overall 84% of NHS staff said that their NHS trust gave all staff an equal chance of promotion or career progression – 87% of White staff believed this, compared with 72% of staff from all other ethnic groups combined
- in all 4 broad regions of England, and all 4 types of NHS trust, White staff were more likely than staff from all other ethnic groups combined to say that their trust gave all staff an equal chance of promotion or career progression
The ethnic categories used in this data
For this data, the number of people surveyed (the ‘sample size’) was too small to draw any firm conclusions about specific ethnic categories. Therefore, the data is broken down into the following 2 broad categories to provide better estimates:
- White – White ethnic groups (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other – all other ethnic minorities
2. By ethnicity and area
|Midlands & East||85||86||73|
3. By ethnicity and type of trust
|Type of NHS trust||All||White||Other|
|Community Provider Trust||89||90||73|
|Mental Health Trust||86||88||73|
235 NHS trusts took part in the survey. In 3 trusts, there were fewer than 11 responses from staff in the Other ethnic group, and so the results have not been included. Staff were sent a paper questionnaire or an email containing a link to an online questionnaire.
The regional split represents the regions in place at the time of the survey was carried out.
The survey was administered by the Survey Coordination Centre on behalf of NHS England.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
The data doesn’t include figures from trusts where fewer than 11 staff from either the White or Other ethnic group responded to the survey.
Percentages are given to the nearest whole number. You can see unrounded figures if you download the data.
Further technical information
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Purpose of data source
The purpose of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is to collect information on differences in the experience and treatment of NHS staff depending on their ethnicity, with a view to reducing these differences.
The NHS Staff Survey has been conducted every year since 2003. It asks NHS staff in England about their experiences of working for the NHS. The survey provides information about staff experience across the NHS in England and aims to highlight it to stakeholders and employers. All NHS trusts have to take part in the survey.
6. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, NHS trust, NHS trust code, geography, NHS trust type, numerator, denominator, value