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Research shows male pharmacists still earning more than female colleagues

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has announced male pharmacists still earn more than their female colleagues on average.

Pay gaps, ranged from 1.8% to 13.2% in favour of men, according to the PDA.

The study was carried out in the spring of this year and analysed detailed pay information provided by 600 pharmacists working across the sector.

It was carried out with the Equality Trust and found female pharmacists were paid less on average than their male counterparts in almost every role.

The roles included pharmacists and pharmacist managers.

Read more: Gender pay gap for full-time pharmacists hits 9%, government data shows

The research also found that locums from ethnic minority groups were paid approximately 10% less than those who were white British.

In addition, the figures showed relief managers, clinical pharmacists, and community pharmacists from ethnic minority groups were also paid less on average.

However, the relief pharmacist role showed a narrow advantage in pay for women at 0.5%.

Read more: How can community pharmacy close its gender pay gap?

Daniela Rusalim, Vice-President of the PDA National Association of Women Pharmacists Network said: “It comes as no surprise that the PDA’s survey found a considerable pay gap in all pharmacy sectors.”

She added “employers don’t appear to take enough measures to address the gender pay gap”.

She went on to say “This news comes against the backdrop of a worsening cost-of-living crisis, which has the potential to further erode women’s financial situation".

Read more: RPS publishes ethnicity pay gap for the first time



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