Following the GPhC policy for eligible pre-registration Pharmacists to provisionally register in response to COVID-19 Pandemic, the Pharmacy chains Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy announced provisionally registered Pharmacists will receive an annual salary of £36K and £38K respectively.
We also know from The C+D Salary Survey 2019, the average salary of a non-manager Pharmacist working at Boots is £36,951 and £37,010 at Lloyds Pharmacy.
What do the figures say about Community Pharmacy?
The salary progression in Community Pharmacy is deemed slow, as experience has no role to play. Community Pharmacists find themselves in the same position years later with only £2 added to their hourly rate.
It can be argued that, after pre-registration year, the natural progression for a Community Pharmacist is to a Managerial role. Clinical Postgraduate Qualifications or Certifications are not viewed necessary to grow as a Community Pharmacist.
But with the Healthcare industry evolving and Community Pharmacists asked to offer more services will this bring about a defined progress in knowledge and skills hence a higher pay?
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