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Female GPs earn on average £40,000 less than male counterparts, finds report

Male GPs earn around 35% more than their female colleagues, according to new research. 

A report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has revealed that male GPs earn on average £40,000 more than female GPs. 

The think tank's analysis of NHS Digital data found that a male GP earns on average £110,000 per year compared with £70,000 for a female GP.

The think tank noted that one of the most significant reasons for the pay gap is the partnership model, which attracts more men and offers higher pay. 

There is a higher prevalence of male GP partners - nearly 80% of male GPs take on this role, compared with just under 50% of female GPs - who benefit from a model that allows them to earn 'significantly more', the report said. 

In addition, more women tend to work part-time than men because of the need for more flexible hours to care for children or relatives - 'itself indication of the unequal distribution of unpaid labour in society,' said the report.

The IPPR called on the Government to end the pay gap in general practice to ensure adequate staffing in the future.

GP leaders also said more needed to be done to close the gender pay gap, but noted partnerships could offer flexibility.

The IPPR said: 'It is not wholly surprising that a [partnership] model, that has not radically changed since 1948, has not kept up with the evolution of social standards over the last 70 years.

'Yet, equal pay in general practice is not just a question of fairness for staff. It is also critical to ensuring high-quality care for all in the future.'

It added: 'General practice is currently under huge strain – with staff numbers stagnating despite government commitments to recruit more doctors.'

BMA GP Committee executive team member Dr Farah Jameel said: 'The gender pay gap in this day and age is something that we as a society should be ashamed of, and we need to work harder to examine more closely and address the issues that lead to this in the medical profession.

'While women now make up more than half of the GP workforce, and a far greater proportion of GP trainees, a large proportion work as salaried GPs.'

She added: 'However, partnerships too can offer a great opportunity for flexible ways of working, which could be positive for the recruitment and retention of women, but action must first be taken to reduce the risks that put off GPs of all genders from currently taking on this role.'

Earlier this year, interim findings from a Government-commissioned gender pay gap report found male GPs earn 33% more than their female counterparts.

A previous Pulse survey found women are as likely to provide more than ten hours of clinical care a day as men, despite being scheduled for shorter hours, 

Readers' comments (9)

  • If you take on more responsibilities, take more risks, take on more loans and do more hours you get more pay. I cannot see any surgery discriminating on gender or any female doctors agreeing to get less pay due to being female. The headline is highly political and distorts facts.

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  • They first mention these are different jobs - and that one gender works part time - then seem to ignore this and move on to the tired narrative that pay is all that matters.

    If women don't want higher hours, more stress and a lot more risk then isn't that their choice?

    Are women who choose to go for these roles being discriminated against? If so, then this is wrong and the system needs to be rectified. Else it is the logical outcome to having free choice.

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  • A misleading headline that could have come straight from the Daily Wail. I wholeheartedly agree with the above comments.

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  • I worked as a GP partner for 33 years and got the same pay as the male GPs. There is no discrimination gap here at all. Women have a burden of household and childcare labour that men generally don't have. Women generally do not want to work the same hours and intensity as men in terms of their paid work. This is a matter of choice for these women who are lucky enough to be able to do fewer hours or not take on partnership work. Part of that luck factor is having male partners who do take on the paid work burden. Male GPs and female GPs who do not have children already subsidise maternity leave and that is enough.

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  • David Banner


    Male GP works 5 day week for £100k

    Female GP works 3 day week for £60k

    Is the headline “Male GPs earn £40k more than female GPs”, or “Male and female GPs have equal pay”??

    You decide. I’ll lend you my calculator if it helps

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  • i presume you've got one of those magic tables that clears itself every night after your have gone to bed, wardobes fill with clothes that magically wash and iron themselves and food appears in the kitchen as if from no where. the house cleans itself all on its own, children all sorted by themselves and elderly relatives get to and from hospital appointments by magic carpet. love to live in that house. where can i get one of those please?

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  • David Banner 2:41....

    but after pension (27.88%) tax and NI
    GP 10 sessions takes home £50,369 @£5037/sess/year
    GP 6 sessions takes home £33,371 @£5562/sess/year

    just remind me which one is earning the most now?

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  • Part time workers earn less than full time workers! This is an absolute scandal and we must not allow this flagrant discrimination to continue. Further apocalyptic news is that business owners earn more than salaried workers, this madness must not continue.

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  • I agree this is a politicised headline.
    We have 4 male GP partners and 1 female GP partner. All earn exactly the same / session worked apart from seniority (what is left of it) is kept by the individual-so may favour men if worked more sessions over the course of their career. All our salaried team are paid the same/session for the same responsibilities regardless of gender.
    The headline figures remind us of how hard it is to work multiple sessions in General Practice especially if you want to have any outside life.
    The real threat to pay parity I noticed in partnership was when maternity reimbursement became discretionary (negotiated by a proven sexist BMA) which made it costly for Partners to have a female GP who was pregnant or led to female Partners funding their own maternity locums. This should never be allowed to happen again!

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