If the latest annual GP Earnings and Expenses 2013/14 report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre is anything to go by, the average income for salaried GPs (a mix of full and part time salaried GPs) in the UK was £54,600 in 2013/14 compared with £56,400 in 2012/13, representing a decrease of 3.3%.
While this sounds alarming, there is in fact a simple explanation as to how these figures were collected:
"The majority of salaried GPs have a combination of self-employment and employment income. Therefore the average total income before tax is based on medical income from self-employment sources and all employment income. The total expenses figure for salaried GPs will also be based on an average total of self-employment and employment data.”
And accompanying data suggests that more salaried GPs were earning more money in the middle pay bands, and slightly fewer earners in the higher pay bands.
All of which suggests that salaried GPs are choosing to spend less time in clinical practice and, since it's not clear if other non-clinical roles outside the practice have been considered, perhaps are working in other roles such as appraisers or commissioning roles.
GP partners' pay fell by 1.4% to £96,000 before employers' superannuation costs were taken into account, having decreased every year since a peak of £110,000 in 2005/06.
Richard has worked as a freelance GP locum since 1995 in around 100 different practices, living and working in West Sussex and Hampshire. He founded NASGP in 1997, he is NASGP’s chairman and started the UK’s first locum chambers in 2004.
He enjoys walking, is a keen potter, reads too many books on behavioural economics and has an unhealthy obsession with his sourdough starter.