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

Coverage from the Salary Survey has 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.


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Salary Survey

CPE advises contractors to 'shop around' for best drug prices

Among the pharmacy negotiator’s new “top tips” for maximising dispensing income is shopping around for the best medicine prices. 

Medicines Money

'Top’ UK travel health pharmacy: Without private services ‘we'd 100% be selling’

Offering a travel health service has helped one pharmacy group “plug the gap” amid the sector’s funding shortfall, with one branch alone making almost £412,000 a year from the service. 

Businesses Travel health

Revealed: 97% spike in number of pharmacists seeking debt support

Since 2021, the number of qualified, trainee and student pharmacists seeking grants and support with debts, benefits and housing have skyrocketed, C+D has learned.  

Money People

A third of contractors may ‘have to cut staff’ as living wage increase bites

The latest increase in the national living wage could force one in three contractors to lay off staff, a C+D snapshot poll shows.

Funding Money

Superdrug gender pay gap widens to 11%

Superdrug’s pay gap increased by almost five percentage points in the last financial year, while Boots maintained equal pay, new reports show.

Businesses People

CPE 'very concerned' over Leadsom 'thriving’ pharmacy market comments

The pharmacy negotiator has written to the chair of the health and social care committee (HSCC) outlining its concerns about comments made by the pharmacy minister that the sector is “thriving”.

Politics Politicians

'Undervalued and underappreciated' is also undeserved and unfair

Not to put you off your upcoming Easter Eggs, but here are some thoughts after reading through my first C+D Salary Survey.

Businesses General Business

‘A history of failure’: Weldricks boss blasts pharmacy negotiator

Weldricks operations director David Vanns has said that pharmacy negotiator CPE “negotiated a lot of losses for people this year”, in an exclusive interview with C+D.

Funding Contract

Weldricks posts £1.4m loss amid funding ‘war of attrition’

Weldricks’ operations director has said that its 2023 losses were caused by inflation “running ahead of the rate” that the pharmacy was getting paid, in an exclusive interview with C+D.

Businesses General Business

What is life really like working at the sector’s biggest employers?

See how pharmacy workers at the largest multiples fared in terms of pay rises, bonuses, work-life balance, stress levels and workload during 2023, according to data from the C+D Salary Survey

Salary Survey Multiples

Cuts, overdrafts and closures: Business becoming ‘impossible’ for contractors

Pharmacy contractors have been left struggling to “make ends meet” with the majority reporting a drop in profitability and their own take-home pay last year, C+D’s annual Salary Survey has revealed.

Businesses Money

‘It’s a minefield’: Why I want to offer dental services next to my pharmacy

Pharmacist Mohamed Fayyaz Haji has plans to offer dental and phlebotomy services in consultation rooms next door to his pharmacy, he told C+D.  

Services Premises
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