The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (Inc)Monday 15 October 2012, 2:43PM
Media release from The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
While the Government's voluntary bonding scheme failed to include
pharmacists in its recent widening, the results of the Pharmacy
Guild of New Zealand's annual Remuneration Survey have found that
recruiting professional pharmacy staff has become more difficult,
with 24% of pharmacies trying to recruit saying they had
difficulty. This figure is up from 15% in 2011.
The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) supported the
Pharmacy Council's submission in 2009 to widen the voluntary
bonding scheme to include pharmacists and pre-registration
pharmacists. The Guild believes including pharmacists and
pre-registration pharmacists in the voluntary bonding scheme would
help alleviate staff shortages in rural pharmacy and improve access
to health care for rural populations.
The primary reason given by respondents for the difficulty
recruiting pharmacists and technicians was because the pharmacy was
located in a rural area.
The Remuneration Survey was conducted in August and September,
primarily via an online survey tool, and summarises information on
1,344 positions from 241 pharmacies. Other interesting findings
from the Survey:
• The median number of prescription items is just
under 77,000 - up from 70,000 in 2011. It is highest in provincial
city pharmacies and lowest in rural pharmacies.
• The median pharmacy is open for 49 hours a
week, ranging from 46 hours in rural areas, to 52 hours in
• The median pharmacy has one pharmacy manager,
two pharmacists, one retail manager, two technicians and two
• The most common non-English language spoken by
pharmacy staff is Mandarin (23%).
• Christchurch pharmacies have had the highest
proportion of staff vacancies.
Remuneration movements this year in the community pharmacy sector
have been mixed. The median for most pharmacist roles has stayed
level for three years, while locum pharmacist rates have
significantly increased this year. Retail rates have varied with
the median pay for senior assistants decreasing, but increasing for
Information relating to remuneration is confidential and the Survey
is only available as a hard copy for our members.