Employment decisions of NMC registered nurses in the UK



This study considered the employment characteristics and decisions of individuals who were registered nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Registration is valid for a period of three years and individuals currently registered and sampled could be one of three categories; they can be currently working as nurses, they can be employed in an alternative occupation or they can be out of the labour force. The survey intended to collect additional information on employment characteristics to that which are found in a more general labour/employment survey such as the labour force survey. This was done in the context of the nursing occupation to investigate if more detailed information on employment characteristics can increase understanding on individual employment decisions. The survey asked detailed questions on current employment including detailed and specific questions on their current nursing job and, for those who were not currently in nursing, questions on previous nursing employment. Questions on respondents’ job satisfaction were included including satisfaction with respect to three aspects of patient care. Questions were also asked on intentions to leave their current nursing job, move within nursing jobs, return to nursing or a non-nursing job (if not currently in nursing). The survey also included a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) which is a stated preference survey instrument where respondents are asked to choose between hypothetical jobs. The DCE methodology is a useful technique to elicit both strength of preferences and variations in preferences across different sub-groups of individuals where there might not be enough variation in revealed preference data. In this survey the technique was used to elicit underlying trade-offs between pecuniary and non-pecuniary job characteristics of nursing employment.
Date made available21 Apr 2016
PublisherUK Data Service
Temporal coverageOct 2007 - Jan 2008
Date of data production1 Dec 2005 - 31 Mar 2009

Funder and Grant Reference number

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • RES-000-23-1240

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