Male GPs earn £11,000 more than female GPs

Women GPs earn £11,000 less than men for doing the same job, a report reveals.

Men earned £83,333 on average in 2006, while women earned £72,250.
Men earned £83,333 on average in 2006, while women earned £72,250.

The 13% pay gap is only partly explained by women's family commitments.

Men earned £83,333 on average in 2006, while women earned £72,250.

In The Pay Gap for Women in Medicine and Academic Medicine, co-published with the BMA, the Medical Women's Federation (MWF) suggested that women are reluctant to bargain to increase pay.

Academic research hints that ‘women are poor or unwilling negotiators', the report said.

Dr Clarissa Fabre, MWF president-elect and a GP in Uckfield, Sussex, agreed: ‘Women do not like to bring up money or for example, time to parity.

‘It's in their nature not to ask. They want something that's convenient for their lives. Men are much more forward about it.'

The MWF said half the pay gap is explainable. Men's earnings outstrip women's because they are more likely to take on extra work, Dr Fiona Cornish, a Cambridge GP, said.

‘In my own practice there are three women and two men. We all earn exactly the same rates but the men do far more out-of-hours.'

GPs made up 6% of the sample of 1,162 doctors who completed a pay survey of women in academic and clinical medicine.

Office for National Statistics figures show that the official national gap is 12.2% and that it narrowed from 12.6% last year.

  • Read the full version of this story in next week's edition of GP dated 20 November.
  • Do you think it's right that male GPs earn more than female?

 

 

GP Online recommends

Medical Women's Federation

Read more

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Professor Dame Clare Gerada elected RCGP president

Professor Dame Clare Gerada elected RCGP president

London GP Professor Dame Clare Gerada will become the new president of the RCGP,...

GPs lead COVID-19 vaccine drive as jabs stall in younger adults

GPs lead COVID-19 vaccine drive as jabs stall in younger adults

GPs have urged young people to come forward for COVID-19 vaccination with jab uptake...

GPs leading PCNs report heavy workload and limited impact from ARRS

GPs leading PCNs report heavy workload and limited impact from ARRS

PCN clinical directors are facing burnout and struggling to develop their networks...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

RCGP online exhibition celebrates women in general practice

RCGP online exhibition celebrates women in general practice

An online exhibition celebrating women’s contribution to general practice over the...

MPs back campaign against reforms that 'threaten fairness of fitness to practise cases'

MPs back campaign against reforms that 'threaten fairness of fitness to practise cases'

Plans to scrap the 'five-year rule' and categorise doctors with health concerns as...