Pharmacy technician | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Pharmacy technicians prepare and supply medicines for prescriptions, under the supervision of a pharmacist.

  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.  
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.  
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.  
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.  
  • Assist customers by answering simple
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Pharmacy technicians typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Pharmacy technician you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical,
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    17,593 GBP *
    per year
    19,500 GBP
    30,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Pharmacy technician

    • 18,962 GBP
    • 17,350 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Pharmacy technician
    Average salary for full-time Pharmacy technician

    • 10,379 GBP
    • 10,314 GBP
    • 17,593 GBP
    • 17,350 GBP
    • 18,962 GBP
    Salary over time for Pharmacy technician

    Salary for this role has increased over time
    • 15,948 GBP
    • 15,821 GBP
    • 15,932 GBP
    • 16,468 GBP
    • 16,873 GBP
    • 17,594 GBP
    • 17,593 GBP
    • 18,478 GBP
    • 18,821 GBP

    Future outlook for Pharmacy technicians

    Balanced outlook
    54 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Fair outlook
    61% chance of automation in the future

    Pharmacy technician - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Pharmacy technician and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 60% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 14% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma
    • 13% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

    You'll need:

    •  to be thorough and pay attention to detail  
    •  the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure  
    •  sensitivity and understanding  
    •  customer service skills  
    •  patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations  
    •  maths knowledge  
    •  excellent verbal communication skills  
    •  the ability to read English  
    • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Pharmacy technician

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    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Pharmacy technician.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Pharmacy technician. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Database software; Drug compatibility software
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Label making software Label-making software
    Medical software Compounder software; Medical condition coding software
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
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    Things to highlight for your Pharmacy technician interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

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