Poll: Are you happy with this pay rise?

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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!

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1 Comment

  1. JimT

    as an employee pharmacist it is still not totally reflective of the work we do. As an employer/owner we basically sub contract to Govt to administor the PBS so an equivalent increase in remuneration needs to be paid to keep the bottom line status quo.

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