Pharmacists working for discount pharmacies earn less: PPA

Pharmacists working for discount pharmacies earn significantly less, a new survey has found.

For the second year running, Professional Pharmacists Australia‘s survey has found that pharmacists who said they were working for discount pharmacies were earning substantially less on average than other community pharmacists – across all classifications it was an average of $5 per hour worse off, PPA says.

“Since 2009, growth in wages for Australian community pharmacists’ appears to have stopped and wage levels on average are below where they were in 2009,” says PPA.

“This stagnation and decline extends to higher classifications under the award, with more experienced pharmacists encountering stagnation later on.”

PPA says it is investing significant resources to defend penalty rates and lift pay through the Fair Work Commission processes.

“Through these processes we have a chance to demonstrate the importance of maintaining penalty rates, and lifting pay to ensure a sustainable pharmacy model that provides quality patient care.

“The next few months will be critical. We will need to demonstrate that employee pharmacists really care about this case and the opportunity lift pay in pharmacy.”

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