iMatter Survey 2022: demographic data exploration

Independent report by Webropol providing detailed information and analysis of staff experience in health and social care across Scotland, broken down by protected characteristics (as stated in Equality Act 2010). This report compiles data from the 2021 and 2022 iMatter survey.

Demographics Across Staff Groupings


The iMatter questionnaire asks staff whether they are employed by NHSScotland or by the Local Authority and within those employers which staff groupings they work for (see Appendix 1 for details).

NHSScotland and Local Authority Staff

83% staff taking part in iMatter say they are NHSScotland staff and 14% are Local Authority staff:

  • Within NHSScotland, Nursing and Midwifery is the largest group, followed by Administration and Allied Health Professions
  • Among Local Authority staff, Adult Services is the largest group, followed by Older People Services and Children's Services

The overall demographic profile between NHSScotland and Local Authority staff is very similar. The exception is age where 51% of Local Authority staff are aged over 50 years, compared to 40% of NHSScotland staff.

Comparison to published Turas data shows a similar profile among staff taking part in iMatter and answering the demographic questions and those providing information for Turas. iMatter respondents are slightly older, less likely to have a religion and a slightly greater proportion are white Scottish. Only 2% of those providing information for Turas say they are disabled (the question may differ from that asked in iMatter).

Demographic Characteristic NHSScotland Local Authority
What was your age at your last birthday?
Under 25 years 4% 3%
25-34 years 19% 13%
35-44 years 24% 21%
45-54 years 29% 31%
55-64 years 22% 30%
65+ years 2% 3%
What is your sex?
Male 20% 17%
Female 80% 83%
Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?
Straight/Heterosexual 95% 95%
Gay or Lesbian 2% 3%
Bisexual 2% 1%
Prefer to self-describe 1% 1%
Do you consider yourself to be trans, or have a trans history?
Yes, I identify as transgender <1% <1%
Have you been on maternity/parental or shared parental leave in the past 12 months?
Yes 4% 2%
Demographic Characteristic NHSScotland Local Authority
What is your legal marital or registered civil partnership status?
Married 56% 52%
Never married and never in civil partnership 30% 29%
Divorced / dissolved 9% 12%
Separated 3% 4%
Widowed / surviving partner from civil partnership 1% 2%
In a registered civil partnership 1% 1%
White Scottish 80% 86%
White Other 14% 10%
Asian, Scottish Asian 2% 1%
Other Ethnicity 2% 2%
Do you consider yourself to be disabled within the definition of the Equality Act 2010?
Yes 6% 8%
What religion, religious denomination or body do you belong to?
None 56% 57%
Church of Scotland 22% 21%
Roman Catholic 15% 17%
Oher Christian 5% 3%
Other 2% 2%

Staff Groupings

Much greater differences are seen across the staff groupings within NHSScotland and Local Authorities.

  • Ambulance Service staff grouping is the only one to have more males (59%) than females (41%). In contrast only 10% of Nursing & Midwifery and Older People Services are male.
  • Other Therapeutic and Health Science Services have the largest proportion of staff under 35 years (34%) with Support Services and Older People Services having the greatest proportions (41%, 39%) of staff aged 55 years and over.
  • Reflecting the age profile of staff Health Science Services and Other Therapeutic have the highest proportion of staff to have not married or been in a civil partnership. In contrast 74% of Medical & Dental and 73% of Senior Managers are currently married or in a civil partnership.
  • Medical and Dental has the highest proportion of staff who are not White Scottish

Details of demographics by staff grouping are included in Appendix 4.



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