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Pharmacy Assistant

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Pharmacy assistants 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 assistants' salaries are usually on Band 2, £18,383 to £20,015 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Many dispensing or pharmacy assistants work outside the NHS. The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2019 the National Minimum Wage is £4.35 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.21 for workers aged 25 and over. With experience hourly rates can reach up to £9.50 an hour.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
6646
2.2 %
RISE
2024
6793
  United Kingdom
2019
75953
2 %
RISE
2024
77448

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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.

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: 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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