Is there a gender gap in dentistry? An innocuous enough question – but is the answer equally (pun intended) so?

It may surprise you to learn that even in the 21st century there are areas in which men and women are not treated with parity – as evidenced by the Office of National Statistics, which tells us that women’s salaries, on average, are 24.6% lower than their male counterparts working in skilled trades.1

But what’s the situation in dentistry? Because of Minford’s unique specialism and history of working closely with women within the dental profession, conducting a national survey of attitudes to women’s careers in dentistry was a natural next step.

From it we discovered that, for dentists under the age of 35, there is a significant perception that there is a gender gap in dentistry, with over 40% agreeing with that assessment of the situation and a mere 23% directly disagreeing.

Of those engaged in part-time hours, childcare requirements were the most common reason stated. This has the potential to have a negative impact on women within the profession, because they are predominantly the ones who have to take ‘time out’ of their careers to look after their children.

This is in line with recent figures from My Family Cares and the Women’s Business Council; their survey suggested that less than 1 in every 100 fathers took shared parental leave.2 In addition, 55% of women stated they wouldn’t actually want to share their maternity leave.2

So, what does this mean in reality? In part, for many dentists, it means that financial needs can differ according to gender.

After all, female dentists who hope to have children will need to address the fact they will probably have gaps in their career. To shed some light on the potential economic effect of this by way of one example, for a dentist working within the NHS, their full salary while on maternity leave is paid for only six months. For many women, six months is not enough time to spend with their new-born.

To enjoy parenthood to its fullest, financial planning is a must, and Minford can help you do exactly that. We have a team that understands that it isn’t easy to juggle a demanding professional career with raising a family. As such, we are committed to answering your calls day or night, as well as coming to your home or practice to meet with you. We don’t work 9 to 5; we work for you, when it’s right for you.

This blog reveals only a fraction of the remarkable data we gathered, so for more information please do visit www.minford.eu/women-in-dentistry, where further details are available.

Reference
1. http://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/annualsurveyofhoursandearnings/2015provisionalresults. Accessed 20 June 2016
2. https://www.myfamilycare.co.uk/news/update/shared-parental-leave-where-are-we-now.html. Accessed 20 June 2016

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