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Results from the C+D Salary Survey 2021 give a snapshot of what it's currently like to work in UK community pharmacy, covering topics including pay, conditions, workplace stress and burnout.

Coverage from this year's Salary Survey have revealed everything from the average locum rate and how this varies around the country, to what it's really like to work at the biggest pharmacy chains in the UK. Does your experience of working in community pharmacy tally with that of your peers? Take a look at the stories below to find out more.

Salary Survey 2021

Off their trolley: Has Tesco Pharmacy pushed the locum rate row to new highs?

Reports that the supermarket chain is threatening locums with cancelled shifts if they do not agree to lower pay show the nasty side of the rate debate, says C+D editor Beth Kennedy

Businesses General Business

Tesco Pharmacy to introduce four fixed locum rates from mid-July

Locums with existing bookings and those booking new shifts at Tesco will be paid one of four new set rates – capped at £36 per hour for emergency cover – from mid-July, C+D understands.

Businesses People

Better staffing levels in pharmacies key to reporting patient safety incidents

Having more time and “improved staffing levels” would encourage pharmacy teams to report more patient safety incidents, a Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group (CPPSG) survey has revealed.

Businesses People

Asda pharmacy: Self-checking prescriptions necessary on ‘rare occasions’

Asda has explained its policy on pharmacists self-checking prescriptions, following a tweet suggesting it may be a requirement in some branches.

Contracts Locums

Contractors mull options as 'growing minority' of locums cancel shifts last minute

Community pharmacy contractors are considering their options following reports of a minority of locums’ “tactics” to obtain higher rates, they have told C+D.

Businesses Contracts

How can community pharmacy close its gender pay gap?

Data from the C+D Salary Survey 2021 showed that female pharmacists were being paid less on average than their male colleagues. What can be done to level the playing field?

Money People

GPhC: ‘Inappropriate’ for regulator to play part in influencing locum rates

It would be “inappropriate” for the pharmacy regulator to “play a part in setting or influencing locum rates”, the GPhC has told C+D. 

GPhC General Regulation

Average male pharmacist branch manager's pay £4k higher than female in same role

Male community pharmacist branch managers earned on average £4,000 more than their female counterparts in 2021, according to data from the C+D Salary Survey.

Locums Money

Locums: ‘Pay cannot compensate for stress and workload’

Locum pharmacist pay rates saw a steep rise between 2020 and 2021. But with spiking stress and workloads, are they being paid enough?

Locums People

Interactive map: Compare how locum rates vary across Great Britain

Use C+D’s map to compare locum pharmacists’ average hourly rate, ability to find work and rate dissatisfaction levels in regions across Great Britain. 

Locums Money

Revealed: The average locum pharmacist pay rate in 2021

The average locum rate has seen a steep rise in the past year, making it the highest since C+D launched its annual Salary Survey in 2008, data from the 2021 survey has revealed.

Money People

Compare stress levels and pay rises in 2021 at Boots, Lloydspharmacy and Well

Compare the pay rises, bonuses, stress levels, work-life balance and workload of pharmacists and branch managers at Boots, Lloydspharmacy and Well Pharmacy in 2021 on the chart below.

Multiples Lloydspharmacy
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