Health written question – answered on 12th March 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 701W, on midwives, what proportion of midwifery graduates started work as midwives in the NHS within six months of graduation in each year from 1997 to 2009.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Higher Education Statistics Agency is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.

The following table shows the percentage of midwifery graduates who started work as midwives in the national health service within six months of graduation in each year from 2002-03 to 2009-10. The first Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey was carried out in 2002-03 and prior figures are incomparable.

Year of graduation Graduates from midwifery courses (1) Of which : working (2) in midwifery Percentage working in midwifery (3)
2002-03 1,030 870 84.4
2003-04 1,245 1,000 80.3
2004-05 1,135 910 80.1
2005-06 1,355 1,085 79.9
2006-07 1,365 1,055 77.2
2007-08 1,485 1,180 79.4
2008-09 1,425 1,135 79.6
2009-10 1,520 1,245 81.7
(1 )Covers graduates of all domiciles from full-time and part-time postgraduate and undergraduate courses. (2 )Covers full-time, part-time and voluntary employment and work and further study. (3 )Based on the Standard Occupational Classification. Notes: Numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of five, so components may not sum to totals: Percentages are based on unrounded figures and are given to one decimal place. Subject information is shown as full person equivalents (FPEs) in the table. FPEs are derived by splitting student instances between the different subjects that make up their course aim. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey.

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