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Pharmacy Support Worker

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Pharmacy support workers work either in a community or retail pharmacy or in a hospital or clinical pharmacy.

The Work

Community or Retail

You could be:

Hospital or Clinical

You could be:

Pay

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales, pharmacy support workers' salaries are usually on Band 2, £23,362 to £25,368 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2023.

Many dispensing or pharmacy assistants work outside the NHS. 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 hourly rates can reach up to £9.50 an hour.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Useful Subjects

Getting In

Jobs are available with the NHS, private healthcare providers, retail pharmacy chains and pharmaceutical companies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
5979
6.8 %
FALL
2029
5596
  United Kingdom
2024
74289
0.2 %
FALL
2029
74117

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

Video

Courtesy of NHS Health Careers

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

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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