As a doctor working in the NHS I don’t think we’re paid poorly. The commonly cited average UK salary is £25,000. Freshly graduated FY1s start at £23,000 and it rises slowly to £75,000 after 10 years when you “qualify” as a consultant. This article has more in depth information about the UK salary system for doctors:
However I think the problem with the salary system is that it takes too much tax and doesn’t reward for effort. Not to mention the amount of university student debt we all have, we spend many years at a very average salary before moving towards £40,000 by which time we are in our 30s.
Secondly, £75,000 seems like three times as much as £25,000 but in reality, due to tax banding the take home pay is only two times as much.
I really wish jobs would stop quoting the pre-tax figure.
The last thing I want to mention is that the number of years to actually reach consultant level is at best a decade after your undergraduate degree.
Doctors do earn a reasonable living but the fact I still cannot afford my own place after working more than full time for five years is a tad disappointing.
As a result of all of this I’ve created the Locum Doctor’s Guide on how to establish yourself as a locum physician in the UK. I think the best way is to continue your training within our great NHS. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t earn extra income to supplement our relatively disappointing salary. For doctors the most efficient way is probably to locum.
UK Locum Doctor’s Guide details important considerations you need to have when looking for the right accountant, working internally versus externally and how to maintain your knowledge outside an official training programme.
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