Today, Wednesday 12 May, marks International Nurses Day.
The theme for the 2021 campaign is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare. According to campaign organiser the International Council of Nurses this aims to show how nursing will look into the future as well how the profession will transform the next stage of healthcare.
Skills for Care data on the social care workforce in England states there are approximately 36,000 working nurses – a 7 per cent decrease from 2018-19 records with an estimated vacancy rate of 12.3 per cent within the sector.
Both those employed by local authorities and those employed by the independent sector have seen a rise in pay, with the average independent sector pay at £31,800 per annum while the average local authority salary sits at £36,600 based on most recent figures.
There was also a small reduction in the use of zero-hour contracts in the sector, with a 1 per cent decrease between 2018-19 and 2019-20, to 16 per cent.