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Dental Working Hours - 2012/13 and 2013/14 Motivation and Earnings Analysis: Experimental Statistics

Publication date: 09:30 June 01, 2017


The Dental Working Hours series of publications provides information on the working patterns of those primary care dentists in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland who provided some NHS/Health Service treatment during the periods covered by the biennial Dental Working Patterns Survey.
In August 2013, the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB)  expressed an interest in gathering evidence relating to the motivation of doctors and dentists, and in particular exploring whether there is a link between motivation and reward.  As a result, questions addressing motivation and morale were added to the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Dental Working Patterns Survey which was undertaken in the spring of 2014.
Initial findings relating to the motivation and morale of dentists were published on 27 August 2015.  This final instalment in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Dental Working Hours series links responses to the survey with taxable income information held by HMRC to provide analysis of motivation and morale linked to earnings.

Key Facts

  • For dentists in England & Wales, there are a number of factors that affect how they feel about their pay and whether they consider it to be fair. These factors include overall working patterns such weekly hours, amount of NHS/private work undertaken and weeks of annual leave as well as remuneration.
  • Findings for Principals in England & Wales and Northern Ireland suggest an association between higher pay and higher motivation levels. However, this relationship is smaller than may have been expected, and Principals in Scotland and Associate dentists in all four countries show no such relationship.
  • In 2013/14 there appeared to be a relationship between higher pay and lower morale for Associate dentists in England & Wales and Scotland.

For the sake of simplicity of prose above, Providing-Performer and Performer Only dentists in England & Wales are referred to as Principals and Associates, respectively, matching nomenclature for dentists in the other countries.


Date Range: 01 April 2012 to 31 March 2014
Geographical coverage: UK, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales

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