Experimental figures from NHS Jobs have shown the number of overall NHS job vacancies rose to 86,000 during March 2017, with nursing and midwifery roles accounting for the highest proportion of available roles.
38% of roles currently being advertised on the NHS Jobs website are for registered nursing and midwifery positions.
According to the data, there was an average of 3 applications being made for NHS nursing or midwifery roles.
Between October 2016 and December 2016, there were 31,197 vacancies for full-time nurses and midwives.
In response to the latest NHS vacancies statistics, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) commented saying that the Government must pay fairly in order to retain the staff.
“There is no incentive for midwives to stay in midwifery or for students to consider joining a profession that’s so badly over stretched in terms of staffing and as a result of public sector pay restraint in the NHS over the past 7 years midwives have seen their pay drop in value by over £6,000 since 2010,” Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at RCM, Jon Skewes, said.
However, NHS Digital has claimed the figures must be treated with caution as one job advertisement could be filling a single vacancy, multiple vacancies or an ongoing recruitment process.
“Midwives are increasingly working harder and frequently working hours past their shift unpaid while their pay is plummeting in value every year so these vacancy figures come to no surprise,” Jon Skewes added.
Current vacancies for the NHS can be found at NHS Jobs here.
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