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Number of midwives in the UK 2010-2019

In 2019 there were approximately 43 thousand midwives in employment in the United Kingdom (UK). Since 2017, when there were 48 thousand midwives in employment, this figured has decreased. Although the number of midwives has overall increased since the beginning of the provided time interval.

Trends among other healthcare personnel in the UK

The number of medical practitioners employed in the UK amounted to approximately 290 thousand in 2019. Aside from some slight fluctuations, the number of practitioners has significantly increased since 2010. The number of nurses in the UK has followed a similar pattern since 2010, with almost 661 thousand in employment in 2019, an increase of nearly 130 thousand since 2010.

Impact of Brexit

Since the UK made the decision to leave the European Union, the number of new nurses and midwives from the EEA has significantly decreased. In the year 2018/19, the number of new registrants from the EEA was less than one thousand, while almost 9.4 thousand joined from the EEA in 2015/16, which was before the referendum concerning the EU membership.

Annual number of midwives in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Number of respondents


Special properties

UK households

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

Annual population survey data relating to employees and self-employed health professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2232).

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