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S5W-20300: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) full- and (b) part-time equivalent staff have worked in NHS Scotland in each year since 1999, also expressed as a percentage of the total workforce.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 11 December 2018

The Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) for whole and part time staff in NHSScotland as at 30 September 1999 – 2018 is shown in Table 1.

The headcount for whole and part time staff in NHSScotland as at 30 September 1999-2018 is shown in Table 2.

Table 1: Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) of Overall NHSScotland staff, split by whole and part time workers as at 30 September 1999 – 2018.

Year

Whole time staff (WTE)

Part time staff (WTE)

Percentage (%) of part time staff (WTE)

Percentage (%) of whole time staff (WTE)

Total staff (WTE)

1999

73,188.0

33,797.9

31.6

68.4

106,985.8

2000

73,311.3

33,955.1

31.7

68.3

107,266.4

2001

75,436.0

34,031.6

31.1

68.9

109,467.6

2002

78,532.4

34,927.4

30.7

69.1

113,626.4

2003

81,632.3

36,261.9

30.8

69.2

117,895.1

2004

83,113.1

36,832.5

30.7

69.3

119,945.6

2005

85,500.3

37,763.2

30.6

69.4

123,263.6

2006

88,236.0

38,825.9

30.6

69.4

127,061.9

2007

90,861.0

40,233.9

30.7

69.3

131,094.8

2008

92,317.8

40,763.7

30.6

69.4

133,081.5

2009

93,901.2

41,924.8

30.9

69.1

135,826.0

2010

92,584.6

42,379.3

31.4

68.6

134,964.0

2011

89,136.6

42,203.0

32.1

67.9

131,339.6

2012

88,360.0

43,485.2

33.0

67.0

131,845.2

2013

89,882.2

44,289.2

33.0

67.0

134,171.4

2014

91,629.2

45,055.5

33.0

67.0

136,684.7

2015

92,094.0

45,633.9

33.1

66.9

137,727.9

2016

92,386.0

46,265.2

33.4

66.6

138,651.2

2017

92,599.0

46,893.1

33.6

66.4

139,492.1

2018

92,644.7

47,120.2

33.7

66.3

139,764.9

Source: Scottish Workforce Information Standard System (SWISS), Medical and Dental Workforce Census (MEDMAN).

Note: In 2002 and 2003, a number of staff did not have a whole or part time status recorded, this means that the sum of the whole time and part time workers will not equal the overall total. The years where the total number of whole time workers is not a round number is due to some staff having contracted hours greater than the number of hours considered to be standard for a full time worker.

Table 2: Headcount of Overall NHSScotland staff, split by part and whole time workers, as at 30 September 1999-2018.

Year

Whole time staff (HC)

Part time staff (HC)

Percentage (%) of part time staff (HC)

Percentage (%) of whole time staff (HC)

Total staff (HC) 3

1999

73,173

56,015

43.4

56.6

129,188

2000

73,308

56,194

43.4

56.6

129,502

2001

75,426

56,026

42.6

57.4

131,452

2002

78,525

57,310

42.2

57.8

135,835

2003

81,613

59,187

42.0

58.0

140,800

2004

83,203

59,837

41.8

58.2

143,040

2005

85,562

61,220

41.7

58.3

146,782

2006

88,226

62,615

41.5

58.5

150,841

2007

90,821

63,879

41.3

58.7

154,700

2008

92,343

64,626

41.2

58.8

156,969

2009

93,869

66,398

41.4

58.6

160,267

2010

92,564

66,721

41.9

58.1

159,285

2011

89,121

65,958

42.5

57.5

155,079

2012

88,342

67,475

43.3

56.7

155,817

2013

89,854

68,043

43.1

56.9

157,897

2014

91,589

68,689

42.9

57.1

160,278

2015

92,049

69,351

43.0

57.0

161,400

2016

92,346

69,929

43.1

56.9

162,275

2017

92,552

70,589

43.3

56.7

163,141

2018

92,611

70,741

43.3

56.7

163,352

Source: Scottish Workforce Information Standard System (SWISS), Medical and Dental Workforce Census (MEDMAN).

Note: In 2002 and 2003, a number of staff did not have a whole or part time status recorded, this means that the sum of the whole time and part time workers will not equal the overall total. The years where the total number of whole time workers is not a round number is due to some staff having contracted hours greater than the number of hours considered to be standard for a full time worker.