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Pharmacy technician at Boots

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

42 workers in this role at Boots have taken the survey.

How much does Boots pay pharmacy technicians?

Pharmacy technician at Boots
£9.50–12.71
Typical range
£9.70–19.35

Pharmacy technician employees at Boots are typically paid £9.50–12.71 an hour, based on data from 41 employees.

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What is management like for pharmacy technician employees at Boots?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do pharmacy technicians think Boots head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    97% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 37 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

    Do pharmacy technicians at Boots feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    66% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 38 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

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

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  • Not easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for pharmacy technicians to book a holiday at Boots?

    Most people find it hard to book holidays

    How we know this

    56% of people report it’s hard to book holidays

    Based on information from 34 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

    Do pharmacy technicians at Boots do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 22 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 easy is it for pharmacy technicians to take sick leave at Boots?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    60% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 30 job reviews

  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do pharmacy technicians get of their shift pattern at Boots?

    Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 30% report getting one week notice or less
    • 3% report getting two weeks notice
    • 13% report getting three weeks notice
    • 20% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 33% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 30 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.

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  • Good choice of shifts

    Do pharmacy technicians at Boots get to choose the shifts they work?

    People get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    77% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 26 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

    Do Boots managers change pharmacy technicians shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    82% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 28 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 get proper breaks

    Do pharmacy technicians at Boots get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    77% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 35 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.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do pharmacy technicians at Boots worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    93% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 28 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

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  • Enough training

    Do pharmacy technicians get enough training when they start at Boots?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    69% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 39 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

    Are pharmacy technicians given support to progress at Boots?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 55% 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 38 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 technicians at Boots

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  • Best thing

    Being paid at the end of each month.

    Worst thing

    Managers not being proper managers, the staff treating each other as though back in school. Colleagues not acting their age, bullying each other, the atmosphere in the workplace, mental health problems that they cause. Not having any mental health training.

    6.6

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    The customers and my colleagues

    Worst thing

    Too much work and not and not enough staff

    7.9

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The team I work for and the location

    Worst thing

    Unreachable targets, lack of incentive to move on and inflexibility to rotas

    1.6

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    I have my day off i need

    Worst thing

    Computer system keeps failing, cut backs short staffed

    2.3

    Employee, April 2021

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Best thing

    The work we do helping patients

    6.1

    Pharmacy technician, January 2021

  • 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

  • Best thing

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

    8.5

    Accuracy checking pharmacy technician, January 2021

  • 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

  • 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

  • Best thing

    Great team. Great hours.

    Worst thing

    Lack of staff abition.

    5.2

    Accuracy checking Pharmacy technician, August 2020

  • 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

  • Best thing

    I love my job

    Worst thing

    Getting the right pay for role

    6.6

    Pharmacy technician, March 2020

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How Boots ranks

Boots ranks 5th to work for in pharmacy technician employers

  1. 4 NHS Professionals
    5.9
  2. 5 Boots
    5.7
  3. 6 The Independent Pharmacy
    5.5