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Specialty of doctors based in the United Kingdom in 2019

In 2018, the most common specialty of doctor in the United Kingdom was medicine, with over a quarter of doctors falling under this bracket. A further 17.8 percent of doctor’s specialty was surgery and then the third most common specialism was anesthetics and intensive care medicine at 13.2 percent.

Age breakdown of doctors

In the UK, the age group with the highest number of doctors is among 30 to 39 with over 86.5 thousand, followed by 77.3 thousand registered doctors aged 40 to 49 years. There are almost nine thousand over 70s in the UK who continue to be registered doctors.

Diverse composition of health workforce

In 2018, nine percent of the licensed doctors in the UK came from the European Economic Area (EEA). The share of EEA graduates in the UK doctor’s workforce has been decreasing since 2014. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of doctors in the UK in 2018 came from outside the UK and EEA.

Share of specialties of doctors based in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

June 2019

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