Pharmacist Salaries Don't Stack Up to 10% Inflation


According to statistics from this year’s ‘Annual survey for hours and earnings’, the annual individual earnings for pharmacists in the UK had increased by 2.6% from 2021.

This does not stand against the inflation rate, which was 9% in April 2022 when the salary stats were pulled and is currently over 10%.

“the annual individual earnings for pharmacists in the UK had increased by 2.6% from 2021“

The average pay for both full- time and part-time pharmacists was £38,330, almost £1000 more than April last year.

The 6.2% increase means that this occupation receives higher than average pay for the whole of the UK, which sits at just over £33,400.

Full-time employed female pharmacists receive just over £40,400 a year, reducing by 0.1% compared to last year. But their male counterparts receive almost £51,400, a 6.5% increase on last year.

The gender pay gap is now 8.3% according to the ONS, up from 6.5% in 2021 even though the majority of pharmacists are women (57% of full time, and 84% of part time).

Head of the PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association), Paul Day, explained that “the ONS data shows hourly rates for employed pharmacists may be increasing, but are still not keeping place with inflation.”

“Pay is not the only factor of concern to pharmacists and working environments that are adequately staffed and enable them to exercise their full clinical practice are also essential if employers are to recruit and retain the professionals they need.”

Head of the GHP (Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists), Nathan Burley, expressed: “the NHS has a workforce crisis, caused in part by salaries flat-lining over the past 10 years. It is not unusual for pharmacy departments to be carrying significant vacancies and to be unable to obtain locums to fill the gaps.”

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