Tell us what you think of the FWC’s decision on a pay rise for employee pharmacists
Last week, the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision on the Pharmacy Industry Award, outlining a 5% pay increase for pharmacists.
This will be introduced in two equal instalments of 2.5% from 1 July 2019 – in addition to the 3% increase arising from the Annual Wage Review 2018-9 – and 2.5% from 1 October 2019.
And from 1 October 2019, an employee classified as a Pharmacist, Experienced Pharmacist, Pharmacist in Charge or Pharmacist Manager who is required by the employer to perform HMRs or RMMRs will be paid an allowance of $106.40 per week.
A number of AJP readers commented on our coverage of the pay rise, with several stating that it didn’t really equate to a lot of money in practice.
“This is a step in the right direction, but 5, 10 & 15% of not much ($27) is still not much,” said Ex-Pharmacist.
“The Guild (owners) will minimize wage increases by nominating a single pharmacist who will do all the HMRs/RMMRs in the pharmacy, denying most of the higher award wage (~$32).”
JimT said that “the one pharmacist doing the reviews will be paid on a pro rata basis so the 15% pay rise is just a play on numbers anyway”.
And Michael Khoo said that “If I paid my current staff the new award rate it would actually be a 21% pay cut. The award is still irrelevant to the actual cost of getting and holding quality staff”.
We’d like to know what you think. Tell us in our poll below!