Uncertain times loom despite largest-ever rise in nursing jobs

18 September 2020

A total of 18,370 more nurses, midwives and nursing associates are now on the NMC’s permanent register to work in the UK compared with a year ago.

This is the largest-ever annual increase, says the NMC. But, they also warn that concerns around the long-term impact of Covid-19 on international recruitment, retention and supporting the workforce could mean ‘stormy waters’ ahead.

The report, published in July, shows 716,607 people on the permanent register, up from 698,237 in 2019. The number of nurses rose by 16,310 to 669,854.

The NMC’s chief executive and registrar, Andrea Sutcliffe, said it was ‘great to celebrate record numbers of people on the NMC register,’ but ‘the significant growth we’ve seen recently may not be sustained. Nor can we afford to ignore existing pressures, exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19.’