New figures show almost 40% were in nursing or midwifery as each role advertised is only drawing three applications.
NHS staffing is in a “desperate situation” after data reveals there were more than 86,000 full time jobs vacant in the first three months of 2017.
The new figures show a rise of more than 12 per cent in the past year, but there are claims the experimental statistics underestimate the seriousness of the problem.
NHS Digital say there were 30,613 advertisements for vacancies for full-time positions published in England in March 2017 – a rise from 26,424 in 2016 and 26,406 in 2015.
Of these, 38 per cent of vacancies were for registered nurses or midwives, with each role advertised only drawing three applications.
Overall between January 2017 and the end of March 2017, there were 86,035 advertised vacancy full-time equivalents in England.
Commenting on the figures, the Royal College of Nursing said the true number of unfilled jobs is “far higher” than the number of online adverts.
Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the nursing union, said: “More people are leaving nursing than joining – deterred by low pay, relentless pressure and new training costs.
“For the sake of patient safety, the Chancellor must scrap the cap on pay and help to fill the tens of thousands of vacant nurse jobs.”
Commenting on the figures, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the removal of the Government’s 1% cap on public sector pay rises was long overdue.
He said: “This figure highlights the desperate situation we face in recruitment in the NHS and is a culmination of neglect from the government in a number of areas.