Pharmacist salaries do not accumulate up to 10% inflation


According to statistics from this year’s Annual Hours and Earnings Survey, the annual individual earnings of pharmacists in the UK have increased by 2.6% compared to 2021.

This does not stand up to the inflation rate, which was 9% in April 2022 when the salary statistics were drawn and which is currently above 10%.

“the annual individual earnings of pharmacists in the UK had increased by 2.6% compared to 2021”

The average salary for full-time and part-time pharmacists was £38,330, almost £1,000 more than in April last year.

The 6.2% increase means this profession receives a higher than average salary for the UK as a whole, which sits at just over £33,400.

Pharmacists employed full-time receive just over £40,400 a year, down 0.1% from last year. But their male counterparts receive nearly £51,400, an increase of 6.5% on last year.

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

The head of the PDA (Pharmacists’ Defense Association), Paul Day, explained that “the ONS data shows that hourly rates for employed pharmacists may be rising, but are still not keeping up with inflation”.

“Compensation is not the only factor that concerns pharmacists, and work environments that are adequately staffed and allow them to fully exercise their clinical practice are also essential if employers are to recruit and retain the professionals they need. need.

GHP (Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists) leader Nathan Burley said: “The NHS is experiencing a workforce crisis, caused in part by stagnant wages over the past 10 years. It is not uncommon for pharmacy departments to have significant vacancies and be unable to obtain substitutes to fill the gaps.

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