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NHS: Staff

Question for Department of Health

UIN 207369, tabled on 29 August 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS staff were employed on administrative tasks in (a) 2010 and (b) 2014; and what proportion of the total NHS wage bill they represented in each year.

Answered on

4 September 2014

The provisional monthly National Health Service hospital and community health service workforce statistics, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that in May 2010 the proportion of NHS staff in England employed on administrative tasks was 24.0% and in May 2014 the proportion was 22.2%. The majority of NHS staff will perform some administrative tasks but these figures are based on administrative and clerical staff working in central functions; hotel, property and estates; scientific, therapeutic and technical support; clinical support and some ambulance service support staff; as well as managers and senior managers. It includes clerical staff such as those working as medical secretaries and medical records clerks but excludes those who deal directly with patients, such as ward receptionists.

The HSCIC publishes data only on NHS earnings, not on the NHS pay bill. The answer is based on earnings rather than the total pay bill.

In May 2010 the proportion of NHS administrative staff earnings to all NHS staff earnings was 20.0% and in May 2014 the proportion was 18.8%.