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Gender pay gap narrows for pharmacists

RPS English Pharmacy Board member Deborah Evans says it is "unacceptable" for there to be any pay differences between genders

The difference between the average pay of male and female pharmacist branch managers has reduced since last year, C+D's Salary Survey 2015 reveals


The pay gap between male and female pharmacists has narrowed, the C+D Salary Survey 2015 has suggested.

There was a £2,011 pay gap between the 398 male and female pharmacist branch managers who responded to the survey, conducted between September 29 and November 11 – 43 per cent lower than last year’s pay gap of £3,539.

There remained some discrepancies between the genders. Fifty-three per cent of male branch managers received a pay rise over the past year compared to 50 per cent of female branch managers. But 46 per cent of female pharmacists in this position received a bonus, compared to 41 per cent of their male counterparts.

Deborah Evans, a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, said it was “encouraging” that the pay gap between women and men had decreased. But she stressed it was “unacceptable” for there to be any discrepancies based on gender. “Achieving parity requires a concerted focus from employers, professional leaders, managers and employees to put the issue on the table and resolve [it],” Ms Evans told C+D.

“I am also keen to see more women pharmacists in the top roles within pharmacy and health,” Ms Evans added. “This requires not just the right employment environment and professional leadership, but for women to recognise their significant strengths and to be confident in their abilities.”

RPS chief executive Helen Gordon said although there were “excellent female leaders in pharmacy”, there was a “mixed picture” in terms of diversity in leadership roles.

Ms Gordon said she would not advocate a quota system to redress the balance, though. “Guidance and a spotlight on the value that diversity brings is helpful, not quotas,” Ms Gordon argued. 


How could pharmacy achieve greater gender equality? 


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Pharmacist Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Its not discrimination. Females have to take career breaks due to family commitments. Meanwhile male counterparts carry on up the career ladder. The reason for the narrowing gap is not that the females are getting paid more, its because pharmacist salaries are on the down, hence those at the bottom cant get any lower, so the ones at the top come down and narrow the gap between the highest and lowest earners! Its not rocket science!

shelton magunje, Community pharmacist

Could the pay gap be to do with male pharmacists having the confidence to ask for higher pay when interviewed for jobs? I doubt if any employer deliberately pays the female pharmacist less than their male counterpart, its 2015 not 1915!?

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

Pharmacists are paid whatever some or most employers can get away with, and in this present environment it will be as little as they can get away with . It is not a question of career breaks etc, but as much about altruistic intentions and satisfaction and even how far to travel. Some pharmacists are more easily satisfied with less with their own needs and travel considerations. I remember discussing this with a female colleague some years ago and was delighted to hear the fact that she made sure she was reimbursed for services to the same degree as anyone else. However, in the current climate of oversupply rates will fall and there may be uneven differences across companies and my own experience has shown some employers will take the **** if you let them.

S V, Community pharmacist

The survey doesnt say how many males or females took the survey, it just says 398 males AND females. You need even distribution for this survey to be unbias before we make any judgements.

Annabelle Collins, Editorial

Hi, Our survey respondents were evenly split between male and female (51% female and 49% male), sorry if this wasn't very clear in the story. Regards, Annabelle

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

is the pay gap partly to do with the fact that females are more likely to take on part-time work to fit around family....etc as a result work less hours.....i think this has to be looked into as well....

Pharmacist Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Absolutely agree, 100%! It is not discriminatory pay, it is due to females taking career breaks, and coming back on part time due to maternity reasons.

Brian Austen, Senior Management

And if an employer made the same comment, they could find themselves in court due to sexual discrimination. There is absolutely no reason why female pharmacists should be treated differently to male pharmacists, and especially not for maternity reasons!

Annabelle Collins, Editorial

Hi John, Just to let you know we compared all branch managers that were contracted to work 35-40 hours a week. Regards, Annabelle Collins

Sandra Gidley, Community pharmacist

Usually very exercised by pay gap but can't help thinking that this is the wrong story. The bigger issue is that fewer pharmacists are being given the opportunity to become a pharmacist branch manager as many companies are increasingly promoting shop "girls" to branch manager status. The company excuse is that the pharmacists "aren't interested" in the shop management side but I suspect the reality is that this is a cheaper way of managing the business.

Farm Assistant, Community pharmacist

We're all going down the toilet.

Pharmacist Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Lol. Maybe we would earn more as farmers? Do u think they hav similar category M clawbacks from government funding?

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