Data provided here is based on pay data for January 2018 collected from NHS trusts and Foundation Trusts, clinical commissioning groups, and central and support organisations using the Electronic Staff Record (ESR), the NHS’s main human resources and payroll system.
Since 2008, the system has contained staff records for over 99% of staff employed directly by the NHS in England. NHS foundation trusts are not required to use the ESR. Two of these do not, and their data is not included here.
NHS staff report their own ethnicity. Ethnicity was not known for 4.7% of NHS staff.
The data is based on a single month, January 2018, so that more staff could be included. If the data has been based on annual earnings, only staff who worked for the entire year could have been included.
Basic pay here does not include expenses, sick pay and parental leave pay, and additional pay for overtime, unsocial hours, bonuses, and geographic allowances. Excluding geographical allowances when comparing staff pay should facilitate like-for-like comparisons between ethnic groups, as staff in some ethnic groups may be more likely to be eligible for such allowances due to their location.
The pay of part-time staff has been adjusted as if they were working full time.
Earnings that fell outside of the expected range, for example due to starting a job late in the month, were removed to avoid distorting the figures.
You can find additional analysis of the data by grade and detailed staff group. This publication also provides data on total earnings, which includes other payments on top of basic pay such as overtime, unsocial hours and bonuses (but not geographic allowances).
Suppression rules and disclosure control
A small amount of data may have been suppressed if its publication could lead to individual NHS staff members being identified.
All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number. You can see figures rounded to 4 decimal places if you download the data.