Pharmacy technician at Boots

People in this role may also be known as pharmacy technicians.

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How much does Boots pay pharmacy technician employees?

Pharmacy technician at Boots
£9.71–12.68
Typical range
£9.74–19.51

Pharmacy technician employees at Boots are typically paid £9.71–12.68 an hour, based on data from 33 employees.

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What is management like for pharmacy technician employees at Boots?

457 employees told us the worst thing about this job…

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Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    How we know this

    0% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Good
  • Managers are respectful

    How we know this

    72% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    In a small store it’s great. a group of friends and customers u get to know. Pay is ok compared to alot of other retail/pharmacy based places.
    Staff discount is good. If your manager is good then the shops runs well. Not a bad place to work at all. Been very happy in this job.

    Worst thing

    Don’t think it’s as nice in the big stores. Where u don’t get to know everyone so well.

    Company discounts and rewards have been reduced over recents years and redundancy’s are happening all over. Lots of red tape that you wouldn’t get in an Independent pharmacy. Not much to complain about though to be honest

    7.6

    Pharmacy dispenser, March 2021

    • £10.00 per hour
    • 25 or older

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What are the hours like for pharmacy technician employees at Boots?

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Bad
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How we know this

    • 36% report getting one week notice or less
    • 4% report getting two weeks notice
    • 12% report getting three weeks notice
    • 20% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 28% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 25 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Not great
  • Not easy to book holiday

    How we know this

    42% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 26 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    59% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 17 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Good
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    57% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 23 job reviews

  • People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    72% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

Excellent
  • Good choice of shifts

    How we know this

    76% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 21 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • No short notice shift changes

    How we know this

    17% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 23 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    8% of people report they worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 24 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Hours

    Worst thing

    Not enough time to complete workload

    7.2

    Employee, April 2021

    • Manages people
    • £22,000 per year, working a 38 hour week
    • 34–44 years old

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What is career progression like for pharmacy technician employees at Boots?

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Good
  • Enough training

    How we know this

    70% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 30 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Opportunities to progress

    How we know this

    In the last year, 57% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 30 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

Latest reviews from pharmacy technician employees at Boots

  • Best thing

    I have my day off i need

    Worst thing

    Computer system keeps failing, cut backs short staffed

    2.3

    Employee, April 2021

    • £9.50 per hour
    • 55–64 years old
  • Best thing

    My colleagues, get to help and support the local community

    Worst thing

    Expected to do too much , don’t get paid enough for the responsibilities I have, expected to work without enough staff

    5.1

    Employee, April 2021

    • £14,000 per year, working a 30 hour week
    • 45–54 years old
  • Best thing

    Staff I work with

    Worst thing

    Boots are too money orientated and don't care about customers or staff

    4.4

    Pharmacy technician, March 2021

    • £10.36 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Enjoy what I do and have good relationships with my manager and work colleagues

    Worst thing

    Working for a large company

    8.8

    Employee, March 2021

    • Manages people
    • £12.55 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Training programme and a chance to go up the career ladder

    Worst thing

    Expecting to work for 2 or more people

    8.6

    Employee, February 2021

    • £9.77 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    The work we do helping patients

    6.1

    Pharmacy technician, January 2021

    • £14.32 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Great people
    When there's time I get the chance to show real care for my patients

    Worst thing

    Too few staff
    Lack of performance management for under performance
    No regular reviews so no chance to get highest performance ratings at end of year

    6.3

    Pharmacy technician, January 2021

    • £22,600 per year, working a 38 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Loyal customers - customer interaction
    Understand my role & responsibilities
    Opportunity to train & coach others

    8.5

    Accuracy checking pharmacy technician, January 2021

    • £23,000 per year, working a 33 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    The people I work with in pharmacy, helping people who appreciate what we do.

    Worst thing

    Abuse from customers & Impossible targets.

    5.8

    Pharmacy technician, October 2020

    • £10.00 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Some of the people I work with.

    Worst thing

    Not having enough staff. Not being kept up to date with what is happening

    5.8

    Acpt, October 2020

    • £11.00 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Great team. Great hours.

    Worst thing

    Lack of staff abition.

    5.2

    Accuracy checking Pharmacy technician, August 2020

    • £20,700 per year, working a 40 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    The staff, helping people, learning new things.

    Worst thing

    Work load, rude customers, lack of appreciation form upper management.

    7.2

    Pharmacy technician, August 2020

    • £10.00 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    I love my job

    Worst thing

    Getting the right pay for role

    6.6

    Pharmacy technician, March 2020

    • Manages people
    • £10.16 per hour
    • 25 or older

How Boots ranks

Boots ranks joint 4th to work for in pharmacy technician employers

  1. 3 NHS Scotland
    6.2
  2. 4= Boots
    6.0
  3. 4= NHS Professionals
    6.0