Years ago the term “relief pharmacy jobs” was a term that one never really heard very frequently. In the not too distant past, if a pharmacist was ill, went on a vacation, or simply needed time off for an unscheduled absence (such as a death in their family), coworkers simply worked overtime to cover their shifts. This has definitely changed in the last decade. Now sometimes it can be a major challenge for a pharmacy owner to get a temporary pharmacist in certain instances to staff their store. This is even more critical for pharmacy owners in smaller towns and rural areas where there are far fewer pharmacists. With very few pharmacists to rely on for relief, a pharmacy can be faced with a situation where it can not even up its doors for business.
Why It’s Harder To Fill Relief Pharmacy Jobs
There are several reasons that finding a temporary relief pharmacist has become difficult. Let’s take a look at a few:
– The tremendous increase in RPh salaries:
The average pharmacist in the US makes approximately $120,000 a year according to statistics from the US Department of Labor. Many of us older pharmacists can still remember when salaries were roughly a third of this. In 1980 for example, $20 per hour was the norm, as compared to the $60 per hour rate seen now. What this means is that the average pharmacist makes a pretty substantial living and simply isn’t interested in working overtime for more money.
– Less pharmacists available for temp work:
The AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) released a study in 2014 (named the National Pharmacist Workforce Study) that showed that as few as eight percent of pharmacists worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Compare that to 1990, when approximately fifteen percent of all pharmacists worked second jobs. The study also revealed that pharmacists now average only 6 hours per week as relief, as compared to the 10 – 12 hours extra per week seen back in 1990. The study noted that a significant decrease has been seen every year since 2009 in the number of available pharmacists working temp or relief jobs. This trend can only continue and results in a decreased number of pharmacists to choose from should a relief situation arise.
Advantages of Using a Pharmacy Staffing Agency
The use of a pharmacy staffing agency is the best solution available today for a pharmacy owner when it comes to filling relief pharmacist jobs that they have open. Staffing agencies offer qualified and dependable temporary and relief pharmacists to work in many areas and locales. This also includes registered pharmacy technician staffing and CPhT relief staffing. The right agency equates to having a pool of qualified pharmacists or pharmacy techs available and ready to work when needed.
When objectively considering using a pharmacy staffing agency, the following advantages are worth noting:
– Most agencies will perform the necessary license and reference verifications, plus do a criminal background check on the pharmacists and technicians that they employ. The right agency can also provide drug screening and competency testing, along with all the other pre-employment documentation.
– The agency takes care of all the hiring expenses. They do the advertising and recruiting for every pharmacist and tech. Not only is job advertising money saved, but valuable time is saved by not having to review resumes and then interview potential job candidates.
– The agency takes care of processing all payroll and tax reporting, resulting in lowered accounting expenses for the pharmacy.
– Insurance and Workman’s Comp are taken care of by the staffing agency.
– Payroll taxes are not applicable using an agency.
– No overtime expenses to existing staff are incurred.
Choosing a Pharmacy Staffing Agency
When choosing a pharmacy staffing agency, finding one that you can consider a “partner” is crucially important. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically restricted and thus have a limited number of viable candidates that can meet your specific needs. You also want one that is not too large and is not service oriented when it comes to servicing the immediate needs that you may have.
The perfect choice in the Southeastern region of the USA is HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and maintains one of the largest active pools of temp pharmacists in the nation. This allows us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief and ensures that all of our pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Please also note that HCC can fill all of your relief staffing needs for pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with our pharmacists, satisfaction with our pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!
We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relationship with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs). Then, when you have need of a relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.