1. Data show the shortfall in reported full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in post against planned workforce levels. A vacancy is defined as a post that is unfilled by permanent or fixed-term staff. Agency or temporary staff may fill some vacant posts. Total vacancy rates are a calculation of the total number of FTE vacancies with the total funded or budgeted establishment comprised of the number of staff in post and the number of vacant posts.
2. NHS England & Improvement collect the data used in this chart directly as part of their monthly workforce data collection. This information is not directly comparable to the data in the NHS Digital publication because of differences in methodology and definition. This data represents management information only and is not an official statistic.