More than half the pharmacists polled in survey said they worked overtime during the peak of COVID-19, yet 62% said they were not paid for the extra work

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23rd August 2020 11:28 - Pharmaceutical

More than half the pharmacists polled in survey said they worked overtime during the peak of COVID-19, yet 62% said they were not paid for the extra work: A survey of pharmacists has found that more than half of those polled (56%) worked additional hours during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, yet over three-fifths (62%) did not get paid for the extra time.

The Pharmaceutical Journal Salary and Satisfaction survey 2020, polled 1,228 pharmacists and was analysed by independent academic statisticians at the University of Aberdeen. 

The research polled pharmacists working across a number of sectors and found that while 56% reported increased hours due to COVID-19, two-fifths did not change (40%) and just 4% reported a decrease in hours worked.

When looking in more detail at the various sectors, it was those with positions at community pharmacies that saw their working hours increase the most, with 64% reporting overtime. Half of these (50%) did not receive any extra pay, according to the research, while the other 50% did. 

More than half the hospital pharmacists polled (55%) said they had worked more hours at the height of the pandemic, with 60% reporting they were not paid for the extra hours, while 50% of pharmacists based in industry, and 35% of pharmacists in primary care networks or general practice had also worked additional hours - with 69% and 60% reporting not being paid for the extra time. 

Sandra Gidley, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, told the Pharmaceutical Journal:

“These findings highlight just how hard pharmacists have worked during the COVID-19 crisis and they, along with other health professionals, deserve to be recognised for their role.”



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