FOI 27688



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FOI 27688


My FOI request (27626) needs amending.

I think it is simpler if I describe here my FOI data request in full.

I’d like to be sent all jobs posted on since the start of the website.

I’d like the variables to include the following, which were already included in the previous version of the data: Job type (bank, permanent, fixed term)

Job title

Org ID



Pay Scheme

Pay Band

Published date

Beyond this, I’d like the data to also include the following variables: Job reference


Department (A&E, Angiography, District Nursing, etc – shown under the job title)

Closing Date

Job description (the text of the job description)

Total number of applications made for that job’


Job Description and Number of Applications

I am writing to advise you that the information you requested is not held by the NHS Business Services Authority. Rather, it is held on behalf of trusts who advertise via NHS Jobs, meaning they are the holders of the information. This is called out in the Terms and Conditions (Ts&Cs) which are in place between NHSBSA and the trusts. See the below excerpt from those Ts&Cs.

NHS BSA is the Public Authority responsible for answering FOI Requests about vacancy information, unless the commercial agreement states otherwise.

You [the trust] are responsible for all requests related to your recruitment process, application progression and outcomes for your organisation. Where this information is held on NHS Jobs, it is held by NHSBSA, on your behalf, for the purposes of freedom of information legislation.

The application form completed by a candidate is held on NHS Jobs for 13 months. That information is held on behalf of the recruiting organisation. For the purposes of FOI the public authority responsible for that information and answering your request is the recruiting organisation.

The recruiting organisation may then have downloaded the applications from NHS Jobs into their own recruitment systems. NHS Jobs would not hold any information on which applications had been shortlisted, interview notes, comments etc.

Please see below the relevant sections of the Terms and Conditions we have with recruiting organisations.

You will need to make a FOI request to each of the recruiting organisations you have applied for.

Remaining Information

Please see attached.

A copy of the information is attached. The data provided covers 2012 to 2022. Please note that data pre-dating 2017 is held in an archive and the data quality is not as good. Please accept our apologies.

The information provided is limited to what the recruiting organisation supplies us with. For more detail on each position you may wish to write to each trust directly. A directory of trusts and CCGs (including the ones provided in the data) can be found at the below web link:

If you have any queries regarding the data provided, or if you plan on publishing, the data please contact ensuring you quote the above reference. This is important to ensure that the figures are not misunderstood or misrepresented.

If you plan on producing a press or broadcast story based upon the data please contact This is important to ensure that the figures are not misunderstood or misrepresented.

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and is subject to NHSBSA copyright. This information is licenced under the terms of the Open Government Licence detailed at:

Should you wish to re-use the information you must include the following statement: “NHS Jobs, NHSBSA Copyright 2022” This information is licenced under the terms of the Open Government Licence:

Failure to do so is a breach of the terms of the licence.

Information you receive which is not subject to NHSBSA Copyright continues to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated.

Data and Resources

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Last Updated February 6, 2024, 14:44 (UTC)
Created November 4, 2022, 15:50 (UTC)