Do pharmacy owners really have all the power?

Pharmacists love their work but appear unhappy about working conditions

Many pharmacists believe they are underpaid and that owners have all the power, according to an Australian study.

And while pharmacists are glad to have jobs, they fear these will be harder to find in the future.

The study is based on the views of 306 experienced pharmacists (83%) and interns, who shared their opinions with researchers from the University of Canberra and Queensland University of Technology.

The majority of pharmacists surveyed are highly satisfied with their roles, particularly the patient contact.

However, nearly half report their salary is lower than expected, the researchers write in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

When the researchers delved deeper into why 66% of pharmacists and 91% of interns accepted employment offers without negotiating, one theme that emerged was owners had all the power.

“The power is with the employer at the moment, and pharmacists and interns don’t feel like they have the grounds to negotiate for a better salary as the employer will just hire someone who will accept the offer as is,” says one pharmacist.

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