The agency analyzed more than 30,000 locum pharmacy shifts booked through its platform between April 1 and June 30 of this year and compared them to the same period in 2021.
It found that local pharmacists working in Inverness were charged the highest rate in the UK, averaging £54.11 an hour, it found yesterday (September 8).
Locums in Dumfries followed closely, receiving an average of £51.34 an hour. Pharmacies in Perth paid their locums an average of £49.30 an hour, while locums in Dundee earned an average hourly rate of £49.17.
Meanwhile, local pharmacists in Derry, Northern Ireland, received the lowest average rate at just £26.61 per hour, according to Locate a Locum.
Locums based in London took home an average of £34.75 an hour over the two-month period analyzed by Locate a Locum.
Hover over the bars in the chart below to see how much pharmacists earned in each city on average between April and July.
Look up a Locum’s rate between April and July 2022, averaging £37.49 in the UK, up 14% from the same period last year, according to the agency’s analysis.
Founder and CEO Jonathan Clarke estimated that “if current market conditions continue, [rates] will continue to increase in 2023”.
Read more: Locum Pharmacists Rate Misery: How Much Are They Getting for Services?
However, the study revealed “large regional differences” in how much local pharmacists were paid.
Scotland recorded the highest national average, with locals receiving £48.86 an hour. Wales was next with £37.93, followed by England with £36.95. Northern Ireland came in last, with an average hourly rate of £27.47.
Care pays off
An anonymous pharmacy owner in the north of Scotland told C+D that while they sometimes bring in a substitute on Saturdays, generally their pharmacy doesn’t have to rely on a substitute because they have “an assembly line of pharmacists willing to work for [the] company”.
They told C+D this has to do with “encouraged, trained” [and] cared for” their pharmacists from the time they entered school, through university and pre-registration training.
“We have created a nice workplace [for pharmacists] to thrive and really develop their careers,” the owner told C+D.
They acknowledged that “some people are in difficult positions because pharmacists have left” [community pharmacy] to get another job or primary care”.
But the pharmacy owner “doesn’t have too much sympathy” for contractors who “complain about locum prices or the shortage of locums” if they haven’t hired trainee pharmacists or “encouraged young people into the profession,” they said.
“Many people could have [done] more in the past,” she added.
With many contractors lamenting that pharmacist positions are difficult to fill and concerned about “rapidly increasing locum rates,” C+D revealed earlier this week (September 5) why so many newly qualified pharmacists are turning to locuming instead.