NHS staff believing career progression is fair at work for all staff
1. Main facts and figures
New data for the year 2020 is available if you download the data. The charts, tables and commentary on this page cover the year of 2019 and do not include the new data.
- in 2019, 84% of NHS staff said that their NHS trust gave all staff an equal chance of promotion or career progression
- 87% of White staff said that their NHS trust gave all staff an equal chance of promotion or career progression, compared with 71% of staff from the Other ethnic group (all other ethnic groups combined)
- in all regions of England, and all types of NHS trust, White staff were more likely than staff from the Other ethnic group 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, ethnicity is broken down into 3 broad ethnic groups:
- White (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other (all other ethnic minorities)
- Unknown (where ethnicity is not known/not declared)
This is to be consistent with other Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data. This ethnicity classification was used for all previous WRES reports, so using the same classification allows for comparisons with previous years. It also helps to increase the reliability of the data.
2. By ethnicity and area
|East of England||84||74||86|
|North East and Yorkshire||87||74||88|
|South East of England||86||77||88|
|South West of England||87||75||88|
Summary of NHS staff believing career progression is fair at work for all staff By ethnicity and area Summary
3. By ethnicity and type of trust
|Combined Acute and Community||85||71||88|
|Combined Mental Health / Learning Disability and Community||86||72||88|
|Mental Health / Learning Disability||84||70||87|
Summary of NHS staff believing career progression is fair at work for all staff By ethnicity and type of trust Summary
300 NHS organisations took part in the staff survey, including 229 NHS trusts. In 4 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. 569,440 staff completed the questionnaire between October and December 2019, an overall response rate of 48%.
There are 4 questions related to the Workforce Race Equality Standard in the staff survey.
The survey was administered by the Survey Coordination Center 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.
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Note on corrections or updates
Updated with the latest data for 2018/19
Purpose of data source
Data is collected by ethnicity to improve race equality in the NHS workforce.
6. Download the data
This file contains the following: Measure, Year, NHS_trust, NHS_trust_code, Ethnicity, Ethnicity_type, Geography, Geography_type, NHS_trust_type, Value, Value_type