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Practice manager salaries decline by 1% over past year

The average practice manager’s salary in the UK has declined by 1% over the past year, a new survey has shown.

The First Practice Management group’s annual survey of practice manager salaries shows that the average practice manager’s salary in the UK is £39,225 – a 1% decrease in comparison with 2013’s figure of £39,486.

It shows larger differentials between regions, with a lowest average salary for a practice manager in Scotland of £34,771, while in the south of England this rose to £41,954.

More than half the practice managers who participated in FPM Group’s survey also responded that they had not been given a pay rise in the past year.

Participants left several negative comments on the survey, with one PM even going as far as to say: ‘I struggle on my salary with a family and mortgage so do 5+ hours at another surgery every week.’

Additionally, just under a third of respondents reported receiving a bonus in the period covered by the survey, with the highest being £16,000 at a practice in the east of England while, in Scotland, one PM was given a bonus of £10.

The FPM group conducted the survey earlier this year and received more than 900 responses from health bodies in England and the devolved regions.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Dr David Barrett

    Instead of no comments, best put this note.

    Practice Manager's do a difficult job, sometimes at the epicentre of stresses running a practice. Not infrequently GPs are unaware of the full extent of work they do.

    I have heard of several PM's just walk, leave the job, no notice as it has been so bad. So best to pay them enough to feel respected, rewarded and a bonus to reflect the extra work they do out-of-hours.

    If you can find a super-efficient practice manager who works 9-5pm and gets everything done let me know so I can pay them £50K.

    There are plenty of middle-high corporate management jobs out there for professionals with their skill sets. The recruitment crisis is bad enough without losing good practice manager's.

    So give them 1% annual rises and 2-3% bonuses depending on efforts. GP's doing the PM's job when they go off sick for months etc is not fun. Trust me!

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  • Hi David, I've come back anonymous in case you're joking, but I believe I am a "super efficient" Practice Manager (although they have appointed me here as Business Director). I would gladly work 9 - 5 for your £50k not sure it's possible to get everything done in that time though, but if you are serious and within commuting distance I will give it a bloody good go!!

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