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Dental Earnings and Expenses Estimates 2016/17Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 30 Aug 2018
- Geographic Coverage:
- United Kingdom
- Geographical Granularity:
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Dental Earnings and Expenses Estimates, 2016/17, provides a detailed study of the earnings and expenses of self-employed primary care dentists who undertook some NHS/Health Service work during the financial year. Figures relate to both NHS/Health Service and private dentistry and are shown for full-time and part-time dentists; some analysis by weekly working hours bandings are included using information from the biennial Dental Working Patterns Survey (and are included in the interactive report). Although the report contains analysis for England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the values are not directly comparable between countries; this is due to differing contractual arrangements as well as the use of different methods to derive dental type in each country.
The analyses throughout this report are based on anonymised tax data for dentists with accounting periods ending in the fourth quarter of 2016/17 and effective as of the end of March 2017. The tax data cover self-employed dental income from all sources, including from private dental practice. Data on earnings from employment or for those dentists in private practice only are not included.
The report is primarily used as evidence in remuneration negotiations and by the Review Body for Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration. It has been produced by NHS Digital in consultation with the Dental Working Group which includes representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, Welsh Government, Department of Health Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Business Services Organisation, Scottish Government, NHS National Services Scotland: Information Services Division, NHS Business Services Authority Information Services, HMRC: Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence Division, the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers and the British Dental Association representing the views and interests of dentists. We welcome feedback on all of our publications. Please contact us with any comments and suggestions by email to email@example.com stating Dental Earnings and Expenses Estimates in the subject line, or by telephone on 0300 303 567.
This is the first time that this report has been released as a single instalment which makes all material available to users earlier than in previous years and includes an interactive report.
In 2016/17 there was a 0.7 per cent decrease in taxable income of self-employed dentists (Providing-Performer and Performer Only dentists) in England & Wales, from £69,200 in 2015/16 to £68,700 in 2016/17. This decrease was not statistically significant and continued the general trend since 2006/07 .
In 2016/17 there was a 4.3 per cent decrease in taxable income of self-employed dentists (Principal and Associate dentists) in Northern Ireland, from £69,400 in 2015/16 to £66,400 in 2016/17. This decrease was not statistically significant and continued the general trend since 2008/09 .
In 2016/17 there was a 0.1 per cent increase in taxable income of self-employed dentists (Principal and Associate dentists) in Scotland, from £67,700 in 2015/16 to £67,800 in 2016/17. This is the second year that earnings estimates have increased for dentists in Scotland although the rise is not statistically significant 
. Earnings and expenses estimates in the report have been rounded to the nearest £100. Calculations such as percentage change have been performed on unrounded data
For the sake of prose, Providing-Performer dentists in England & Wales are referred to as Principals, matching the nomenclature for dentists in other countries