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Pharmacy Technician

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Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists, and work either in a community or retail pharmacy or in a hospital or clinical pharmacy.

The Work

Community or Retail Pharmacy Technician

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Hospital or Clinical Pharmacy Technician

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Pay

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales, pharmacy technicians' salaries are usually on Band 4, £27,598 to £30,019 a year. This can rise to Band 5, £30,229 to £37,664 a year with experience. The current pay scales are from April 2023.

Starting salaries for pharmacy technicians who work outside the NHS are often based on the National Minimum Wage. Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2024 the National Minimum Wage is £6.40 an hour for workers under 18, £8.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20. The National Living Wage for those aged 21 and over is £11.44 an hour.

With experience this can rise up to around £12.00 an hour.

Conditions

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
2195
4 %
FALL
2029
2110
  United Kingdom
2024
28113
2.4 %
RISE
2029
28793

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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/

NHS Scotland Careers
Website: http://www.careers.nhs.scot
Website (2): https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland
Tel: 0845 257 2570
E-mail: scotinfo@rpharms.com
Website: http://www.rpharms.com
Twitter: @rpharms
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/royalpharmsoc/

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