The Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) union has welcomed the Pharmaceutical Society report, ‘Pharmacists in 2023: Roles and Remuneration’, supporting increased pay for employee pharmacists.
PPA says that after community campaigning for three years, its members have helped to increase Pharmacy Industry Award pay by 22 per cent.
“We welcome the contribution of the PSA to refining roles and future remuneration levels and encourage them to add the first most vital action to their list of 11 actions: join your union (PPA) to fight for higher pay,” PPA President Geoff March said.
The PPA’s ‘Community Pharmacists Employment & Remuneration Report 2018’ highlighted that:
- Pharmacists covered by an enterprise bargaining agreement reported the highest rates of pay.
- Less than half of community pharmacists reported receiving a pay rise in the previous 12 months
- For 40 per cent of those that had received such a rise, it was required under the award
- Gradual decline in community pharmacist rates of pay finally reversing, with average growth between 0.4 per cent and 2.5 per cent, depending on pharmacist’s classification.
PPA says it will continue the fight for all employee pharmacists with regard to raised pay and strengthened career progression.