Planit


Pharmacy Technician

Job Profile Image

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists, and work in one of 3 main areas: community or retail pharmacy, hospital or clinical pharmacy or industrial pharmacy.

The Work

Community or Retail Pharmacy Technician

You could be:

Hospital or Clinical Pharmacy Technician

You could be:

Industrial Pharmacy Technician

You could be:

Pay

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales, pharmacy technicians' salaries are usually on Band 4, £20,302 to £22,910 a year. This can rise to Band 5, £22,440 to £29,034 a year with experience. The current pay scales are from April 2017.

Starting salaries for pharmacy technicians who work outside the NHS are often based on the National Minimum Wage. The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2017 the National Minimum Wage is £4.05 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.05 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over.

With experience this can rise up to around £20.00 an hour.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

LMI data powered by LMI for All

Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

LMI data powered by EMSI UK

Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

LMI data powered by EMSI UK

Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
3189
1.9 %
RISE
2022
3248
  United Kingdom
2017
31279
1.4 %
RISE
2022
31717

LMI data powered by EMSI UK

What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 523 0497
Website: http://www.abpi.org.uk
Website (2): http://careers.abpi.org.uk
Twitter: @ABPI_UK

Buttercups Training Ltd
Tel: 0115 937 4936
E-mail: training@buttercups.co.uk
Website: http://www.buttercupstraining.co.uk
Twitter: @FromButtercups
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Buttercups.Training

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
Tel: 0203 713 8000
E-mail: info@pharmacyregulation.org
Website: http://www.pharmacyregulation.org
Twitter: @TheGPhC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGPhC

National Pharmacy Association (NPA)
Tel: 01727 858687
E-mail: npa@npa.co.uk
Website: http://www.npa.co.uk/
Twitter: @NPA1921
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Supportyourlocalpharmacy/

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland
Tel: 0131 556 4386
E-mail: scotinfo@rpharms.com
Website: http://www.rpharms.com
Twitter: @rpharms
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/royalpharmsoc/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

Was this article useful?
Please help us improve Planit by rating this article.

Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

Related courses by level

No courses listed.

Ambulance Services

Dentistry

Dietetics

Medical Technology

Medicine and Surgery

Nursing and Auxiliary Work

Occupational Therapy

Ophthalmics and Orthoptics

Pharmacy

Physiotherapy

Podiatry

Radiography

Speech Therapy

Therapists