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5. Vacancy rate

5.1 Current vacancy rate

75 of the 85 respondents to this question (88%) report vacancies.

The average current vacancy rate across all respondents is 13.1% at the census date of 1 May 2016. (The current vacancy rate is defined as the total number of WTE vacancies as a percentage of the WTE establishment number of staff.) This compares to an average current vacancy rate of 7.8% in the September 2014 census.

The increase in current vacancy rate since the last census may in part be due to the different times of year. This May 2016 census was before the largest intake of recently qualified radiographers in the year, which is around June/July. This theory is supported by figure 7 which shows the highest vacancy rate of 27.5% at band 5, which is the intake band for recently qualified radiographers.

Figure 7. Current vacancy rate by AfC band (n=85)

5.2 Current vacancy rate by country

The average current vacancy rate varies by UK country: England 13.5%, Scotland 4.6% and Wales 12.4%. (There is insufficient data to provide a figure for Northern Ireland.) Figure 8 breaks down these figures by AfC band.

Figure 8. Current vacancy rate by AfC band and UK country (n=83)

5.3 Three-month vacancy rate

66 of the 84 respondents to this question (79%) report vacancies which have existed for three months or longer. The average three-month vacancy rate across all respondents is 8.8% at the census date of 1 May 2016. This compares to an average three-month vacancy rate of 3.3% in the September 2014 census. The highest three-month vacancy rate by AfC band is 18.7% at band 5.

Figure 9. Three-month vacancy rate by AfC band (n=84)

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