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CIEH Workforce Survey

About the survey

This workforce survey is aimed at all Environmental Health Practitioners who don't work for a local authority, as these roles are covered in a separate Local Authority Workforce Survey.

Our last workforce survey from 2014 and didn’t include the private and third sectors, so we are gathering much of the information in this survey for the first time. The data we gather will feed into our work to make the case for the importance and value provided by Environmental Health Practitioners to employers and to wider society, encouraging more people to consider a career in environmental health. We would also like to learn more about Environmental Health Practitioners working in the private and third sectors so that we can improve our services and resources, make membership relevant to your needs and encourage a wider membership at a time of great change. If you're a student, we are also keen to hear your plans and ambitions as you are the next generation of the profession.

We welcome responses from both CIEH members and non-members and from all geographical regions.

Who is this survey for?

This survey is aimed at all Environmental Health Practitioners, apart from those working for a local authority. 

You should take this survey if:
  • Work in the private or third sectors
  • Work for a government agency or department
  • You are a student

What kinds of questions does the survey ask?

We ask a range of questions, including:
  • Your qualifications and specialisms
  • Your training and development needs
  • What kinds of organisation you work for
  • The value that you feel your environmental health skills bring to the organisation you work for
  • What we can do for you

What is the deadline and how long does it take to complete?

Due to the pressures that many EHPs are under at the moment, we have decided to extend the survey by 2 weeks to give everyone the opportunity to respond. The new deadline is Monday 30 November 2020.

The survey has been designed to be easy and fast to complete, whilst providing us with essential information. There are around 20 questions in total, many of which are multiple-choice. It should take around 10 minutes to complete it.

Why now?

We appreciate this is not an ordinary year, but there is never a good time to run a survey like this. As a result of the pandemic, the profession is finally being noticed and recognised by Government. To enable us to be a more effective organisation, promoting and championing the profession, we need better insight into the workforce.

Any questions about this survey or to discuss it further please contact us at