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), his or her co-workers simply worked overtime to cover their shifts. This scenario has definitely changed in the last decade. Now many times it can be a major challenge for a pharmacy owner to get a temporary pharmacist to work relief 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. To deal with potential crisis situations that can occur, a pharmacy owner must learn to be pro-active versus reactive, plus avoid the temptation of hoping that it simply will never happen to them!
Why It’s Harder to Fill Relief Pharmacy Jobs
There are several reasons that finding a temporary relief pharmacist has become difficult. Plus why this trend will continue to escalate. Let’s take a quick look at just a few:
– The tremendous increase in RPh salaries:
The average pharmacist in the United States 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 rates that are seen now. What this means is that the average pharmacist makes a pretty substantial living and simply isn’t as interested in working overtime for more money than in the past. Plus if the projections regarding salaries continuing to steadily increase for the next five or more years, the problem of finding relief and temporary pharmacists will obviously also continue to increase.
– Less pharmacists available for temp work:
The AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) released a study way back in 2014 (named the National Pharmacist Workforce Study) that showed that as few as eight percent (8%) of pharmacists worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Compare that to 1990, when approximately fifteen percent (15%) of all pharmacists worked second jobs. The study also revealed that pharmacists now average only 6 hours per week working as relief, as compared to the 10 – 12 hours extra per week seen back in 1990. The study also noted that a significant decrease has been seen every year since 2009 in the number of available pharmacists who were even willing to work 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 in your business operation.
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 in-house HCC staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.
About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing
At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 31+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary Pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.
Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!