NHS staff experiencing discrimination at work
1. Main facts and figures
New data for 2020 is available if you download the data. The charts, tables and commentary on this page cover 2019 and do not include the new data.
- 6% 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 99.6% 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
|East of England||8||14||6|
|North East and Yorkshire||6||14||5|
|South East of England||7||13||6|
|South West of England||6||14||6|
Summary of NHS staff experiencing discrimination at work By ethnicity and area Summary
3. By ethnicity and type of trust
|Combined Acute & Community||7||15||6|
|Combined Mental Health / Learning Disability & Community||7||14||5|
|Mental Health / Learning Disability||8||15||6|
Summary of NHS staff experiencing discrimination at work By ethnicity and type of trust Summary
300 NHS organisations took part in the staff survey, including 229 NHS trusts. 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. 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.
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
To enable NHS organisations to compare their performance with others in their region and those providing similar services, with the aim of encouraging improvement by learning and sharing good practice. To provide a national picture of workforce race equality in practice, to colleagues, organisations and the public on the developments in the workforce race equality agenda.
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