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Dental Earnings and Expenses Estimates 2017/18

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


Dental Earnings and Expenses Estimates, 2017/18, 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 2017/18 and effective as of the end of March 2018. 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 and NHS Improvement, 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 stating Dental Earnings and Expenses Estimates in the subject line, or by telephone on 0300 303 567.

Key Facts

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England and Wales
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Northern Ireland
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