- 1. Navigate toMain facts and figures section
- 2. Navigate toThings you need to know section
- 3. Navigate toBy ethnicity section
- 4. Navigate toBy ethnicity and type of role section
- 5. Navigate toBy ethnicity and grade (non-medical staff) section
- 6. Navigate toBy ethnicity and grade (medical staff) section
- 7. Navigate toData sources section
- 8. Navigate toDownload the data section
1. Main facts and figures
around 1.3 million people were employed by the NHS at the end of March 2020
77.9% of NHS staff were White (out of staff whose ethnicity was known), and 22.1% were from all other ethnic groups combined
people from each of the Asian, Chinese, Mixed and Other ethnic groups made up a larger percentage of medical staff than non-medical staff
a higher percentage of junior doctors than senior doctors were from the Black, Chinese and Mixed ethnic groups
among non-medical staff, there was a higher percentage of people from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic backgrounds in ‘support’ and ‘middle’ grades compared with ‘senior’ and ‘very senior manager’ grades
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data shows the number of NHS staff working in NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups in England, and the percentage from each ethnic group.
The data is based on the number of full and part-time NHS staff at the end of March 2020.
Medical staff are junior and senior doctors, and other doctors working for hospitals and community health services.
Non-medical staff include clinical staff (for example, nurses and midwives, health visitors, and ambulance staff) and staff working in managerial, administrative and support roles.
Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place.
Not included in the data
The data does not include:
- staff working in primary care, like GPs and dentists in dental practices
- staff working in NHS support organisations, and central bodies like commissioning support units and NHS Digital
- agency staff and contractors
The ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for the following 6 ethnic groups:
NHS staff report their own ethnicity. Ethnicity was not known for 4.7% of NHS staff.
Percentages are based only on staff whose ethnicity is known. They may be different to percentages published by the NHS.
Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for this data.
In the data file
See Download the data for figures from 2010 to 2020.
3. By ethnicity
|Ethnicity||%||Number||% working age population (2011)|
Summary of NHS workforce By ethnicity Summary
4. By ethnicity and type of role
|Ethnicity||Medical %||Medical Number||Non-Medical %||Non-Medical Number|
Summary of NHS workforce By ethnicity and type of role Summary
5. By ethnicity and grade (non-medical staff)
|Specific grade||Asian %||Asian Number||Black %||Black Number||Chinese %||Chinese Number||Mixed %||Mixed Number||White %||White Number||Other %||Other Number|
|Graduate entry grades|
|Very Senior Manager||4.4||91||1.3||28||0.0||1||1.1||22||92.6||1,922||0.5||11|
|Non-graduate entry grades|
Summary of NHS workforce By ethnicity and grade (non-medical staff) Summary
6. By ethnicity and grade (medical staff)
|Grade||Asian %||Asian Number||Black %||Black Number||Chinese %||Chinese Number||Mixed %||Mixed Number||White %||White Number||Other %||Other Number|
|Senior Doctor (Career Grade)|
|Junior Doctor (Training and equivalent)|
|Foundation Doctor Year 1||25.3||1,457||4.4||254||4.1||238||4.3||250||58.5||3,372||3.4||197|
|Foundation Doctor Year 2||30.2||1,535||6.1||310||3.2||162||4.3||219||51.4||2,613||4.9||248|
|Hospital Practitioner / Clinical Assistant||18.7||273||2.1||30||1.0||14||1.7||25||74.8||1,090||1.8||26|
|Other and Local HCHS Doctor Grades||23.5||287||2.5||31||1.3||16||2.8||34||67.9||830||2.0||24|
Summary of NHS workforce By ethnicity and grade (medical staff) Summary
7. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Note on corrections or updates
The data back to March 2010 has been revised by NHS Digital. There are some changes to the headcounts in the download files between 2010 and 2019.
Purpose of data source
To monitor equality and diversity among people working for the NHS.
8. Download the data
Measure, Time, Ethnicity, Ethnicity type, Role type, Broad grade, Grade, Entry level, Value, Headcount