Competition ratios

A competition ratio is a number that shows how many people applied to a scheme or post compared to how many places were available.

Important: Important

This information is provided as a guide only. The figures quoted relate only to applicants for previous intakes and it should not be assumed that there is any general pattern.

The General Practice National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) can make absolutely no guarantees that ratios for the current recruitment intake will be in line with these figures.

Competition ratios can be misleading. Our advice therefore is that you make your HEE local office or deanery choices based on where you see yourself working for the next 3 years.

If you really don’t know which HEE local offices or deaneries to choose, we suggest that you do some research into the type of programmes offered at each HEE local office or deanery, the geographical areas covered by each HEE local office or deanery, the main Trusts in each of those areas, transport links to home, and so on.

Bear in mind that if successful, you'll be committing to that area for the next 3 years. For more information go to the individual HEE local office or deanery and programme profile pages.

Application ratios

These figures are based on first choice HEE local office or deanery preferences in Round 1.

What is a competition ratio?

A competition ratio is a number that shows how many people applied to a scheme or post compared to how many places were available.

For a very competitive post, 50 people might apply for 2 places. Its competition ratio would be 25.

For a less competitive post, 11 people might apply for 3 places. Its competition ratio would be 3.66.

London continues to remain the most competitive region.

HEE local office or deanery Round 1 Ratio 2017 Round 1 Ratio 2018 Round 1 Ratio 2019 Round 1 Ratio 2020 Round 1 Ratio 2021
HEE East Midlands 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.8
HEE East of England 1.0 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.3
HEE Kent Surrey and Sussex 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.4
HEE London 3.0 2.7 2.9 3.0 3.2
HEE North East 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.3
HEE North West 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.8 2.1
HEE South West 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.5
HEE Thames Valley 1.6 1.3 1.6 1.7 2.3
HEE Wessex 1.2 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.5
HEE West Midlands 1.3 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.8
HEE Yorkshire and the Humber 1.1 0.9 0.9 1.1 1.1
Health Education and Improvement Wales 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.1
NHS Education for Scotland 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.9
Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency 1.3 1.3 1.2 0.9 1.9