Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Midwives deliver, or assist in the delivery of babies, provide antenatal and postnatal care and advise parents on baby care. They work with other healthcare professionals, and advise on and teach midwifery practice.


A degree in midwifery is essential. Registered nurses can do a 12-18 month shortened course but graduates from other disciplines must undertake the full three or four-year degree programme. Entry to midwifery training without a degree or HND is also possible. Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) and at least two A-levels (or equivalent) for degree programmes. There is a lower age limit of 17 years 6 months to enter training.

Typical tasks

  • monitors condition and progress of patient and baby throughout pregnancy;
  • delivers babies in normal births and assists doctors with difficult deliveries;
  • monitors recovery of mother in postnatal period and supervises the nursing of premature and other babies requiring special attention;
  • advises on baby care, exercise, diet and family planning issues;
  • supervises more junior staff and directs the work of the midwifery unit;
  • plans and manages midwifery care services;
  • delivers lectures and other forms of training in midwifery practice.

Common job titles

Practitioner, midwifery
Midwife, superintendent
Manager, midwifery
Manager, suite, delivery
Manager, midwife
Sister, midwifery
Leader, team

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.