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S5W-06150: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its news release of 6 December 2016, NHS staffing at new record high, how many of the 11,500 additional staff are whole-time equivalent.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 January 2017

Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) information provides a better indicator of total labour input than a simple headcount. It is useful to support workforce planning and therefore continues to be in demand.

All staffing levels quoted in the Scottish Government press release of 6 December 2016, “NHS staffing at new record high” are expressed as WTE.

Under this Government, the WTE of staff working in NHSScotland has increased from 127,061.9 WTE to 138,651.2 WTE – a record high increase of 9.1 per cent, or 11,589.3 WTE.

The full press release is available at the following link:-