First Practice Management Practice Staff Salary Survey Results

Primary care resource organisation First Practice Management (FPM) has released results of their annual GP Practice Staff Salary survey for 2013.

In its sixth consecutive year, the survey is designed as a measure for managers to help gauge a suitable rate of pay for their staff based on market rates paid in GP practices elsewhere. The survey is non-geographical, and is presented in graphical format on the First Practice Management website.

The survey includes hourly rates for 19 categories of general practice staff, including nursing staff and both salaried and locum GPs, with some key staff / patient manning ratios.

Key finding from the Practice Staff Survey

The salaried GP’s normal hourly rate is now £44.17 per hour (equates to £85000 per annum FTE), which has reduced from the £54.63 average figure in 2012.

Locum GPs are reported to earn significantly more at an average of £69.72 per hour (£134,140 per year).

The rates paid to general categories of practice staff are little changed from the rates reported in previous years - A reflection of the general squeeze on practice pay-bills, which was a common theme in the intelligence reports accompanying the Practice Managers’ Salary Survey published earlier in the year.

There is no significant movement this year in the rates paid to nursing staff. Rates paid to junior nurses in practices average at around £13.90 per hour (very similar to last year) while rates paid to senior nurses are around £16.47 per hour on average, again almost identical to 2012. Nurse Practitioners earn £21.57 per hour on average, slightly up on the 2012 average of £20.34.

The practices who responded to the ratios requested, reported that on average there are 0.45 FTE nurses per 1000 patients in GP practices.

Comment from Steve Morris, of First Practice Management

“The First Practice Management staff salary survey was designed following requests from FPM members for a good set of comparative salary rates for practice staff. We are also able to include some nursing / patient list size and admin staff / patient list size ratios for practices to compare their manning levels with others, as these statistics are not accurately available from central sources.”

“We are pleased to be able to support our members in this way as we believe that it is important for managers to make their staff rates of pay competitive with market rates, and the publication of this data enables managers to bring their rates up to a market level, or to take an informed and conscious decision to depart from market rates when designing their own pay scales or reward packages.”

The salary survey contains the normalised range of hourly pay for 19 categories of practice staff and may be viewed at the First Practice Management website.

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