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well tracey bartonApril 11 2016

Well Pharmacy has increased staff pay levels to above the new National Living Wage for healthcare assistants (HCAs)and for driving team staff.

Following the introduction of the £7.20 per hour NLW on April 1, Well Pharmacy has announced that 4,500 staff will be receiving a pay increase of up to 10%. The starting rate for HCAs at Well Pharmacy is now £7.38 an hour and drivers’ pay is £7.33 per hour.

Well Pharmacy has said a total of seven roles will benefit from the pay increases: trainee HCA (+10%), HCA (+8%), pharmacy assistant trainee (+8%), pharmacy assistant (+10%), pharmacy technician (+2%), delivery driver (+8%), and delivery team manager (+2%). It points out that it is extending the rises to all ages, not just those aged 25 and over, as set out in the NLW requirements.

Tracy Barton, Well Pharmacy’s HR Director, said: “We’ve benchmarked ourselves against the pharmacy and retail markets and are investing in colleagues who are behind the national average. Given the challenges that are out there in the pharmacy sector, we will need our colleagues to play a vital role in helping us deliver our ambitious growth plans and continue delivering expert advice and service to our customers and within our communities.

“For more than 2,000 colleagues, this pay rise represents a near 10% increase in their current salary. The rates will apply to all new starters, including trainees. We will support all trainees through their qualifications. Any colleague who then qualifies and registers as a pharmacy professional will move to the rate for pharmacy technicians as part of our commitment to making sure our colleagues are recognised when they develop new skills, in turn providing even better care for our customers.”

Well Pharmacy is the UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain, having been bought from the Cooperative Group by Bestway.

Well Pharmacy’s Tracy Barton

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Well Pharmacy announcement

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