Northern Ireland: results of the latest health and social care census

15 September 2021

The workforce census offers an analysis of staff in post by occupational family, organisation, gender, working pattern and age.

It is the 21st publication in a series of annual reports analysing the health and social care (HSC) workforce in Northern Ireland.

The publication covers the majority of HSC hospital, community and social services workforce, which equates to 72,184 staff in post or 63,248 whole-time equivalent (WTE). 

The report’s key points showed the largest occupational family is nursing, midwifery and health visiting, with 21,094 WTE staff. This represents 33% of the workforce by WTE.

Of all staff, 37% are employed in Agenda for Change pay bands 1 to 4. Meanwhile, 78% of staff were female, and 57% (by headcount) worked full-time. The Belfast HSC Trust employed 30% of all HSC staff (19,063 WTE) in Northern Ireland in March 2021.

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