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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the survey respondents (n= 632), the UK-trained doctor workforce in New Zealand (n= 1357) and survey respondents who had indicated that they were considering moving from New Zealand (n= 164)

From: What motivates doctors to leave the UK NHS for a “life in the sun” in New Zealand; and, once there, why don’t they stay?

  Survey respondents UK-trained workforce Respondents considering moving away
  n % n % n %
Gender       
 Female 318 50 678 50 80 49
 Male 312 50 679 50 84 51
Age       
 20–30 170 27 463 34 81 49
 31–40 244 39 550 41 49 30
 41–50 142 23 241 18 19 12
 51–60 51 8 75 6 12 7
 61+ 21 3 28 2 3 2
Main joba       
 General practitioner 133 21 241 18 15 9
 Hospital specialist 176 28 282 21 36 22
 Registrar 221 35 605 45 63 38
 Other 101 16 229 17 50 30
Total years practising       
 5 or less years 140 23 403 30 72 44
 6–10 years 188 30 390 29 43 26
 11–15 years 96 15 204 15 17 10
 16–20 years 64 10 149 11 9 5
 21 or more years 133 21 211 16 23 14
Total years practising in NZ       
 5 or less years 410 65 140 85
 6–10 years 212 34 24 15
 11–15 years 3 0 0 0
 16–20 years 2 0 0 0
 21 or more years 2 0 0 0
Total 632 100 1357 100 164 100
  1. Information on years practising in New Zealand was not available.
  2. aIn New Zealand, “specialists” are interchangeably called “consultants”. “House surgeons/officers” were not included in the survey sample as it is unusual for an IMG to hold such a post where preference is given to New Zealand graduates.