NHS staff experiencing discrimination at work
1. Main facts and figures
- in 2018, 7% of White NHS staff in England said they had experienced discrimination at work from a manager, team leader or other colleague in the last 12 months, compared with 15% of staff from the Other ethnic group (all other ethnic groups combined)
- in 97% of NHS trusts, a higher percentage of staff from the Other ethnic group said they had experienced discrimination at work from a colleague, compared with White staff
The ethnic categories used in this data
For this data, ethnicity is broken down into 2 broad ethnic groups:
- White – including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other – all other ethnic minorities
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
|Geography||White||Other than White|
Summary of NHS staff experiencing discrimination at work By ethnicity and area Summary
3. By ethnicity and type of trust
|Trust type||White||Other than White|
|Community Provider Trust||5||12|
Summary of NHS staff experiencing discrimination at work By ethnicity and type of trust Summary
304 NHS organisations took part in the staff survey, including 230 NHS trusts. In 2 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. 497,117 staff completed the questionnaire between October and December 2018, an overall response rate of 46%.
There are 4 questions related to the Workforce Race Equality Standard in the staff survey.
The survey was administered by the Survey Coordination Centre on behalf of NHS England.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Figures based on fewer than 11 responses from staff in either the White or Other ethnic group are not included.
Percentages are given to the nearest whole number. Unrounded figures are in the download file.
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, progression opportunities and treatment of NHS staff based 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 to employers and stakeholders about the staff experience across the NHS in England. Participation is mandatory for NHS trusts.
6. Download the data
Measure, Year, NHS_Trust, NHS_Trust_code, Ethnicity, Ethnicity_type, Geography, Geography_type, NHS_Trust_type, Value, Value_Type, Numerator, Denominator