The health sector employs more than 47,000 people across Greater Essex and is vital to the UK economy, providing £30 billion in GVA.

Dr. Sunil Gupta

Sector Lead Health | Castle Point & Rochford CCG

My name is Dr Sunil Gupta and I am a GP and a Member of the Governing Body of Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Health sector in Essex is facing a significant shortage of Nurses, Doctors and other Professionals. I joined the Essex Employment and Skills Board to help spread the word about the very large range of roles and jobs which are available in the health sector and to try to help address some of the recruitment issues which the NHS is facing.


Whilst there are fewer enterprises in the health sector than any of the other priority sectors, this industry had over 11,000 job vacancies in 2015. With so many diverse opportunities, the skills shortages within the health sector are prevalent. In order to address these shortages, the ESB is working closely with local businesses and training providers within health.

Key Stats

This sector employs more than 47,000 people in over 1,500 companies in Essex.

Essex Employers include: BUPA, Carlton Professional, Care UK Health and Social Care, HCL Healthcare Limited, Interserve Healthcare, National Health Service, Purosearch, Spire Healthcare.

The local authority areas with the largest clusters of enterprises are Chelmsford, Colchester and Harlow.


The sector has a number of skills challenges which include:

  • Essex has an older population than the national average (20% vs 16%).
  • By 2031, people aged 65 or over will make up 28% of the total of Essex population. The number of Essex residents aged 90 or over in 2011 was nearly 44% higher than at the time of the last census in 2001.
  • Workforce shortages are difficult to rectify quickly because of the time it takes to train staff (three years to train a nurse and up to 15 years to train a medical consultant).
  • It is predicted that the technological advances occurring within the Health sector will increase the need for IT skills in the sector.

Health Sector Action Group

What is it?

The sector action group is made up of employers and other stakeholders who want to make a positive contribution to addressing the skills challenges within the sector. The group works together to identify and develop industry-led solutions to the skills challenges within the sector.

What is it doing?

Members of the group work closely to help deliver activity through out Education and Industry STEM programme, which has a particular focus to inspire the next generation to enter the sector.

Get involved?

We need employers to help us tackle the skills challenges in Essex. Can you help?


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