Labor shortages in pharmacies: the professions and regions most affected

Labor shortages in community pharmacies have been a hot topic over the past year, with pharmacists added to the Home Office’s shortage occupations list in March 2021, and respondents citing the lack of staff as an obstacle to the proper execution of their work in The Pharmaceutical Journal2021 salary and job satisfaction survey.

The first national workforce survey which will take place in Wales, in 2019, found national vacancy rates of 6% for community pharmacists. A similar investigation in Scotland in 2020 found a vacancy rate of 12% for employed community pharmacists and 0.18% for locum pharmacists.

Now a long-awaited workforce report from Health Education England — an update of its 2017 results — reveals that the number of community pharmacists has increased from 23,284 in 2017 to 27,406 in 2021.

However, it appears that the demand for Community Pharmacists across England has increased, with the vacancy rate doubling in the past four years to 8%, and even higher vacancy rates recorded for other members. of the pharmacy team.

Below is a detailed overview of the shortages within the essential roles that make up the Pharmacy team.

workforce-pharmacists 1_Composition of the community pharmacy team in England in 2021
staff-pharmacists 2_Pharmacists
workforce-pharmacists 3_Pharmacy technicians
workforce-pharmacists 4_Helps dispensers
labor-pharmacists 5_Help at the counter
labor-pharmacists 6_Accuracy checkers
staff-pharmacists 7_Drivers-deliverymen

Box: Where does this data come from?

These data come from the Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2021, published by Health Education England. The survey is designed to provide an overview of community pharmacy staffing in England and to measure these trends over time. The last survey dates from 2017.

The report is based on a survey of 47% of community pharmacies in England which is extrapolated using probability weights, based on the response rate by sustainability and transformation plan area.

All percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

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