Local market intelligence

About Bradford District & Craven’s Health and Social Care Workforce

By supporting the development of the health & social care sector we will be contributing to inclusive economic growth and the development of a diverse and skilled workforce which offers opportunity for the economically inactive but also attracts the best talent to work in the Bradford District. When we do this, the quality of services, and the outcomes experienced by those that use them, will also be improved.

Economic Impact of Health and Social Care

The health and social care economy contributes 10.5% to Bradford District’s total economic worth but has the potential to contribute significantly more.

  • Health  and Social Care is Bradford’s second largest sector with 33,000 employees across 915 enterprises companies generating £1,008 million in GVA. The sector has seen significant employment growth in recent years which has seen employees increase by 2,000 since 2015.
  • Large public hospital trusts account for a third of all employment with 12,000 employees. Other key activities include social work activities employing 9,500 people and residential care which employs 5,000 people.  Medical practices employ 2,000 people and dental practices employ 600 people.
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the biggest single employer with 5,877 employees across 6 sites including Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Lukes Hospital.
  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust  with 2,964 employees and Bradford District Care Trust 2,922 employees are other key organisations. Key private sector providers include
  • The health and social care economy employs 16.6% of Bradford District’s total workforce.
  • An additional 4,700 jobs are needed by 2030 to meet demographic demand and with our district not as economically active as it could be, this provides great opportunity to meet those vacancies
  • Current workforce has an average age of over 41
  • – we are actively addressing routes in to the workforce for our younger population through placements and apprenticeships and graduate support programmes.
  • Though over 86% of the current workforce is white, we have many programmes in place to improve our diversity at all levels, with a current focus on leadership roles (see our equality and diversity page for examples of this).
  • Only 50% of the workforce hold a relevant level 2 qualification or above.
  • Workforce turnover runs at 20% or above and the vacancy rate is 7% or above – we continue to strengthen our workforce support locally such as through health and wellbeing programmes and progression opportunities.
  • The Bradford District female inactivity rate is high at 37% compared to 28% nationally meaning we have a lot of untapped potential – there are many roles in health and social care only requiring basic skills or that would benefit from a range of transferrable skills people acquire through volunteering and home life.

More information on social care statistics can be found through Skills for Care here

Our health and social care workforce in numbers

(January 2021)