Equal Pay

With the BBC releasing today details of salaries of their top earners and having pre-warned us that only one third of these will be female, this month’s Clinical Scenario is especially relevant. It is worth considering this situation from the point of view of the salaried GPs, the partners and as trainees about to apply for jobs.

Equal Pay
Alison is a female salaried GP who has been working for a practice for 10 years doing 4 sessions per week – 8.30am to 6.30pm on a Monday and the same hours on a Thursday. The job is convenient for her as it is close to home and she can easily fit child care around her hours. She is paid £30,000 per year. The practice appoints a new male salaried GP. He works 3 days a week, 8.30am – 6.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. One day, in conversation over coffee, he mentions that he actually had two job offers and chose to come to this practice purely because their sessional rate was better. He said he was being paid £9,500 per session. He has no additional duties or qualifications compared to her and is newly qualified as a GP. Both GPs are responsible for paying for their own indemnity.
Suggested points for discussion
  • Is the practice allowed to pay salaried GPs doing the same job different rates of pay?
  • Which pieces of legislation might be applicable to this scenario?
  • How might Alison manage this situation?
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