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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Rate per 10,000 population

Footnote: The period July to June is being used to report annual data. Note that some of the totals will not sum to 100% due to incomplete source data. Where the sample size was too small to make a reliable estimate, figures have been removed. Please note, the aggregate value for 'Occupation Category - Health Professionals' also includes veterinarians, although these have not been included as a subcategory.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description

This indicator shows number of health workers per 10,000 population. Figures presented here may differ slightly to those given on the UN database because of different population estimates. In addition, extra health worker occupations are included here. See Other Information, below, for details.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Rate per 10,000 population

Definitions

Occupation minor group and occupation unit group - Elements of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Hierarchy 2010. Descriptions of each occupation can be found in the relevant links in the SOC 2010 Hierarchy.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

(Number of health professionals / Population) * 10,000

Other information

These data include more health worker occupations than are included in the UN metadata. The UN metadata specify International Standard of Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08) codes that map to the following SOC 2010 codes-

2211 Medical practitioners (ISCO-08 2211 and 2212)

2213 Pharmacists (ISCO-08 2262)

2215 Dental practitioners (ISCO-08 2261)

2231 Nurses (ISCO-08 2221)

2232 Midwives (ISCO-08 2222).

The UN metadata also specifies ISCO-08 codes 3221 Nursing associate professionals, and 3222 Midwifery associate professionals. These two groups have no link to SOC 2010.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 27 January 2022
Metadata last updated 27 January 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Health worker density and distribution

Target name

Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals metadata for target 3.c opens in a new window

Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1851

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source ONS Population Statistics opens in a new window
Release date 22 June 2018
Next release

22/06/2019

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

pop.info@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2004

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Annual Population Survey - regional - employment by occupation opens in a new window
Release date 01 January 1970
Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

labour.market@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Source 3

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2011

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source EMP04 - Employment by occupation opens in a new window
Release date 01 January 1970
Next release

Discontinued

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

labour.market@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Other information