The demand for nurses is high but the supply is low. According to, a job site website, Indeed, within UK’s biggest cities including London, the searched for nurse jobs has decline, which is surprising especial for London which has the highest number of nursing staff.

The National Health Service has provided data regarding this issue, but it can be misleading. According to the most recent figures from the NHS, in England there was a 3.9% increase from five years earlier and a 3.2% general rise over the last decade. However, the data in depth shows that there were also 39,520 nursing vacancies in England in the first quarter of this year, which is around 11% of the workforce. That 11% of the workforce was temporary filled in by agency or contract workers, but those temporary workers were counted as permanent nurses, which could have altered the results.

“Nurses are the bedrock of the NHS, providing vital support in hospitals and GP surgeries, but with an 11% vacancy rate, even a small fall in jobseeker interest makes an enormous difference to staffing levels,” according to Bill Richard, UK managing director at Indeed.

The Results

In London searches for nurse jobs has fallen a 13.6 %, in Manchester a whopping 19.1% and in Birmingham 14.4%, all in the past two years. An explanation for the decline of interest in nurse jobs could be related to their salary.

While the salary itself has risen from 2010- 2011 from £21,176 to £24,2144, if we consider inflation nurses’ earnings have actually decline around £2,458. Nurses are getting paid less according to Indeed’s data.


Britain’s major political parties have made promises and election manifestos to boost NHS’s workforce. Conservative parties have created a manifesto, which included the promise of 50,000 more nurses in the NHS. Although there are a couple misleading facts about the manifesto. The manifestos 50,000 number already considers existing nurses, which are around 18,000. Those 18,000 are counted as new nurses when in reality they are current nurse who are simply being encouraged to remain in the NHS but not recruited like the manifesto suggests.

Unlike NHS Labor has not committed to a specific number of new nurses, but they have commitment to training bursaries for nurses, and pay rises in real terms every year for nurses.