Modern Families Index NHS Sector Cut 2024



The 2024 Modern Families Index surveyed 3,000 randomly selected UK working parents including 354 who work in the NHS or Healthcare sector.

As a whole, the index shows that:

  • Over two fifths (42%) of respondents are now likely to look for new employment in the next twelve months.
  • Childcare is critical for career progression. Over 3 in 4 (78%) would need to carefully consider their childcare options before accepting a promotion or a new job.
  • Employer support is not felt as strongly as last year. There is a drop in working parents feeling their employer is supportive of family life and responsibilities.

This report focuses on specific findings in the NHS & Healthcare sector, reflecting on the challenges faced by healthcare employees, alongside an analysis of insights from the NHS Staff Survey, which is one of the largest workforce surveys in the world.

Findings indicate a heightened mental load for women in the sector compared to men. Childcare is an important consideration before accepting a new job or promotion, and over 4 in 10 (41%) NHS & Healthcare employees see themselves looking for new employment in the next 12 months.

Discover the risks and realities of today’s working landscape alongside key retention tools to help employers plan for successful futures.