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60% of mydentist’s employees female

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March, mydentist careers has highlighted its latest employee data, which showed that as of April 2014, around 60% of the firm’s employees were female.

Data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) in August last year revealed that for 2014/15, 47% of NHS dentists were female. In 2006/2007, this was only 39%. In 2014, the British Dental Journal predicted that by the year 2020 more than half of dentists in the UK would be female.

The rise in the number of female dentistry graduates is also reflected across different age categories, with women starting to form the majority in the younger age groups. According to data from HSCIC, in 2014/15, 57% of dentists under the age of 35 were female, and this figure stood at 51% for 35-44s. However, men still held the majority in the 45 to 54 age range (60%) and for over-55s (76%). This arguably adds further weight to the notion of a generational shift in attitudes, and demonstrates a strong future for women in this industry.

As of April 2014, mydentist careers employed 2,394 dentists across Europe, 962 (40%) of them being male and 1,432 (60%) of them female. The company has introduced a number of flexible working patterns across its network of practices - a move that has appealed to box sexes, but particularly women, the evidence suggests. 

Barry Cockcroft, non-executive director at mydentist and former CDO for England, commented, “The number of women studying dentistry and qualifying to work in the profession has risen dramatically. It is clear that more women are attracted to the idea of a career in this industry, perhaps because of the variety, the flexible hours, the independence, and the availability of jobs.

“Our own data suggests that women are now in the majority within our business, and we fully expect this trend to be reflected nationwide within the next four or five years.

“Stories surrounding the lack of dentists in the UK have continued to appear. Not only does a rise in the number of women entering the industry help to address this shortage, but it corrects a gender imbalance that had been blighting the industry for centuries.”

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