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Practice managers' pay stalls as GPs rein in costs

By Lilian Anekwe

Practice managers have seen significantly lower pay rises this year, with GPs forced to keep a lid on costs due to the continuing income freeze, new figures show.

The average practice manager's salary rose by 2.2% in 2008, compared with a 5.3% increase in 2007.

Bonus payments paid to practice managers fell by 17 per cent compared, meaning that the average overall increase in practice managers' pay was just 1.47%.

The average salary was £36,095, compared to £35,556 last year, according to the survey of 1,300 practice managers conducted jointly by Towergate MIA and First Practice Management.

The slowdown in the salaries paid to practice managers is a knock-on effect of the increased financial pressure on GP practices, following a third successive pay freeze.

The number of practices offering their practice manager a bonus fell from 45% to 39% in 2007.

Of those practices giving a bonus, the most common sum was £1000 (received by 61 managers – the same as last year).

The number of practice managers on an income of £40,000 actually fell from 325 to 319, reflecting the reduction in bonuses paid.

Some regional difference in basic salary were seen. Scotland saw a fairly consistent increase in basic salary across all practice sizes. Practice managers of large surgeries in London saw the highest percentage increase in basic salary.

Practice manager's pay: summary

- 1.47% overall increase in managers' incomes in 2008, compared to 4.6% last year
- Basic pay rose by 2.2% but the overall figure has fallen to 1.47%, because of the 17.4% fall in bonus payments
- Average manager's total income is £36,095 compared to last year's average of £35,556

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