Like any self-employed profession, working as a locum community pharmacist can be challenging at the best of times. And with plummeting rates of pay, changeable working hours, mounting workplace pressures and heavy competition for shifts in some parts of the country, it’s easy to see why.
C+D’s coverage of locum issues over the past year has done little to put a more positive spin on the situation for these pharmacists. Levels of pay have been falling steadily for the past eight years, and the latest figures have not bucked that trend. According to data from C+D’s Salary Survey 2016, average locum rates crashed from £24 an hour in 2008 to £20.50/hr in 2015.
Some commenters on the C+D website argue that once the cost of living