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PDA negotiates 7.6 per cent pay increase for newly qualified Boots pharmacists

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The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) Union and Boots on Monday jointly announced a 7.6 per cent pay increase for newly qualified pharmacists.

The annual salary for newly qualified pharmacists will be increased to £36,600 with effect from February 2020 and this will be followed by a further 3.8 per cent increase in August.

The second increase in August is to maintain the differentials between those qualified in 2019 and those who will be appointed after qualifying in 2020.

“The NQP rate at Boots has remained static for many years and as part of our recognition campaign we pledged to tackle this unfairness,” said Mark Pitt, Assistant General Secretary at the PDA Union.

“We are delighted to announce that after just seven months of commencing pay negotiations at Boots, we’ve been able to agree with the company a significant pay increase of 7.6% for newly qualified pharmacists. This will be a welcome boost for this group as they start their career journey with Boots.”

In November, the PDA Union and Boots agreed for up to 2 per cent pay rise for the high street chain’s pharmacists.

“Pharmacists can already see the benefit of PDA Union recognition in what we have achieved since we began representing Boots pharmacists last summer,” Pitt added.

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