The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, has released the results of its 2020 salary survey. The survey was conducted online between October and December 2020, and the report compares the results of this survey with those of the survey conducted in 2013.
BADN president Jacqui Elsden said, “The 2020 BADN salary survey shows that the majority of dental nurses still earn £20k pa or less, despite working full time and having been in the profession for more than 10 years.
“From this, they are still expected to pay their own GDC registration fee (51 per cent), CPD costs (50 per cent) and BADN membership (91 per cent), receive no paid time off to complete their CPD requirements (87 per cent) and no employee benefits (83 per cent). This is obviously why nearly one fifth (16 per cent) have a second job – half of whom have to have a second job to meet their basic living costs.”
“Worringly, two per cent are working without indemnity cover, five per cent don’t know if they have cover and more than half (55 per cent) depend upon their employer’s cover!
“The results of the 2020 BADN salary survey reinforce BADN’s call for dental nurses to be paid a salary which recognises their status as registered dental care professionals, their education, training and qualifications, and their invaluable role in the dental team.”
View the full report here.