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Publication, Part of

GP Earnings and Expenses Estimates 2018/19

Official statistics,
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2018 to 31 Mar 2019

3. Wales

Contractor GPs

  • No PMS contracts exist in Wales, so all results shown relate to GMS GPs only.
  • Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, income before tax, total expenses and consequently, gross earnings increased for contractor GPs in Wales as a whole.
  • Income before tax estimates have increased each year since 2014/15, while average total expenses have been increasing since the time series began in 2002/03.
  • When split by dispensing status, both sets of GPs had increases in estimated average income before tax, but for dispensing GPs, total expenses and gross earnings were reduced since 2017/18, though results for that group are based on a small sample and so should be treated with caution.
  • Non-dispensing GPs had an 11.8 per cent increase in total expenses and a 10 per cent increase in gross earnings. Despite this, their average total expenses remain considerably lower than those of non-dispensing GPs, which is to be expected since the costs for drugs are included in the total expenses estimates.  

Table 3.1: GMS contractor GPs - average earnings and expenses by dispensing status, Wales, 2017/18 and 2018/19

Dispensing Status

Year

Report Population

Gross Earnings

Total Expenses

Income Before Tax

Expenses to Earnings Ratio

All GPs

2017/18

1,500

£271,300

£171,600

£99,800

63.2%

2018/19

1,500

£290,400

£184,200

£106,200

63.4%

Change

0

+7%

+7.4%

+6.4%

0.2 Percentage Points

Dispensing GPs

2017/18

250

£341,700

£231,900

£109,800

67.9%

2018/19

250

£340,900

£224,500

£116,400

65.9%

Change

0

-0.2%

-3.2%

+6%

-2.0 Percentage Points

Non-dispensing GPs

2017/18

1,200

£255,500

£158,000

£97,500

61.8%

2018/19

1,300

£281,000

£176,800

£104,300

62.9%

Change

+100

+10%

+11.8%

+7%

1.1 Percentage Points

Notes on the tables in this chapter

1. Further explanatory notes can be found under GPs included and how to interpret the results

2. Report population figures are by headcount

3. In expenses breakdown tables, values in parentheses represent percentage of total expenses

Median gross earnings, total expenses and income before tax

  • Median income before tax, total expenses and gross earnings estimates for Wales Contractor GPs are all lower than the means presented in table 3.1.
  • The 2018/19 mean income before tax is £3,300 higher than the median and the mean total expenses is £29,500 higher than the median, indicating that a small number of high-earning GPs are increasing the mean figures. 

Table 3.2: GPMS contractor GPs - median earnings and expenses, Wales, 2017/18 and 2018/19

Year

Report Population

Gross Earnings

Total Expenses

Income Before Tax

2017/18

1,500

£245,600

£145,700

£98,000

2018/19

1,500

£266,300

£154,700

£102,900

Change

0

+8.4%

+6.2%

+5%

 

Breakdown of expenses for contractor GPs

  • As was shown in Table 3.1, total expenses for dispensing contractor GPs were £47,700 higher than those of non-dispensing GPs. This difference is largely because of the difference in 'Other' expenses, which includes the costs for drugs. Dispensing GPs' 'Other' expenses were more than three times those of non-dispensers.
  • Since 2017/18, average expenses for office and general business and for car and travel decreased for contractor GPs in Wales, while increasing for all other categories. 

Table 3.3: GMS contractor GPs - breakdown of mean expenses by dispensing status, Wales, 2018/19

Dispensing Status

Report Population

Total Expenses

Office and General Business

Premises

Employee

Car and Travel

Interest

Other

Net Capital Allowances

All GPs

1,500

£184,200

£16,100

£24,000

£111,800

£800

£1,900

£28,000

£1,500

(100%)

(8.8%)

(13%)

(60.7%)

(0.4%)

(1%)

(15.2%)

(0.8%)

Dispensing GPs

250

£224,500

£18,400

£21,000

£112,300

£900

£2,200

£67,900

£1,800

(100%)

(8.2%)

(9.3%)

(50%)

(0.4%)

(1%)

(30.3%)

(0.8%)

Non-dispensing GPs

1,300

£176,800

£15,700

£24,600

£111,700

£800

£1,900

£20,700

£1,500

(100%)

(8.9%)

(13.9%)

(63.2%)

(0.4%)

(1.1%)

(11.7%)

(0.8%)

Further expenses breakdowns are published in the Excel Time Series, available under Resources on the Overview page.

Notes on the tables in this chapter

1. Further explanatory notes can be found under GPs included and how to interpret the results

2. Report population figures are by headcount

3. In expenses breakdown tables, values in parentheses represent percentage of total expenses

Salaried GPs

  • Income before tax, total expenses and gross earnings all increased for salaried GPs in Wales between 2017/18 and 2018/19.
  • Though the percentage increases appear large, they are based on a small sample and so should be treated with caution and, in the case of total expenses, equate to a relatively small cash amount.

Table 3.4: GMS salaried GPs - average earnings and expenses, Wales, 2017/18 and 2018/19

Year

Report Population

Gross Earnings

Total Expenses

Income Before Tax

2017/18

300

£58,900

£6,800

£52,100

2018/19

400

£66,200

£7,800

£58,400

Change

+100

+12.3%

+13.8%

+12.1%

 

Median gross earnings, total expenses and income before tax of salaried GPs

  • The median figures are all lower than the mean figures in Table 3.4, indicating that a small number of salaried GPs on high earnings are increasing the mean estimates.  

Table 3.5: GMS salaried GPs - median earnings and expenses, Wales, 2017/18 and 2018/19

Year

Report Population

Gross Earnings

Total Expenses

Income Before Tax

2017/18

300

£50,900

£4,200

£46,700

2018/19

400

£59,100

£3,500

£55,000

Change

+100

+16.2%

-16.8%

+17.7%

Combined GPs (Contractor and Salaried)

  • A 4.3 per cent rise in average income before tax and a 1.2 per cent increase in total expenses resulted in a 2.4 per cent increase in gross earnings for contractor and salaried GPs combined between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Table 3.6: GMS combined GPs - mean earnings and expenses, Wales, 2017/18 and 2018/19

Year

Report Population

Gross Earnings

Total Expenses

Income Before Tax

2017/18

1,800

£235,900

£144,100

£91,800

2018/19

1,950

£241,600

£145,800

£95,800

Change

+150

+2.4%

+1.2%

+4.3%

 

Median gross earnings, total expenses and income before tax

  • As was the case for contractor and salaried GPs separately, the median income before tax estimates are lower than the mean for both years for combined GPs in Wales.

Table 3.7: GMS combined GPs - median income before tax, Wales, 2017/18 and 2018/19

Year

Report Population

Income Before Tax

2017/18

1,800

£90,400

2018/19

1,950

£93,300

Change

+150

+3.3%

Last edited: 9 September 2020 2:22 pm