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Minimum earnings expectation scheme for GP partners

Published on 29 September 2021

The GP partner minimum earnings expectation was agreed as part of Phase 1 of the new GP contract. It came into effect from 1 April 2019.

The expectation is that no whole time equivalent (“WTE”) GP partner in a practice will earn less than the minimum earnings expectation of £70,000 per annum, plus employers’ superannuation.

This equates to £84,630 per annum per WTE GP partner in the practice, before deduction of employees’ and employers’ superannuation. The £70,000 figure excludes:

  • some NHS income
  • all non-NHS (private) income.

The Minimum Earnings Expectation is uplifted annually by the Scottish Government pay award for General Practitioners. For 2021 applications this figure has been uplifted by 3%, to £74,263.

If you are not sure if your practice will qualify for the minimum earnings expectation, or have any queries about this guidance, please contact your accountant in the first instance.

Download the 2019 form and guidance from the Scottish Government website.

Download the 2021 form and guidance from the Scottish Government website.

Please send completed claims to the relevant contact below:

Aberdeen office:

Edinburgh office:

Glasgow office: