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vezy78
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Hi,
Iam currently in my 3rd year pharmacy and have been applying for my pre-reg placements.
Its hard to find what the actual salaries are for pre-reg placements for large companies such as Boots/Alliance, Lloyds, Rowlands, coop etc and wondered if anyone knows??


Also iam a doing a Boots summer placement this summer..to get a pre-reg place with them.
However Ive heard that if you do do a pre-reg with them that you're contracted to work for them for another year afterwards or you pay them to terminate the contract??! is this true?


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I can't answer your Boots question with 100% confidence - but I have not heard about the one year thing. I don't think its true because I know someone who has just done their prereg with Boots and is going to work in a hospital once she is registered.

Finally, i heard a little story that the Co-op paid the most for the prereg year... that is the only reason one of my friends is doing a prereg with the Co-op. I also heard they're quite a nice company to work for.
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I've heard rumours about the penalty clause for BTC too.

Would appreciate if any current/just about to qualify pre-regs can confirm/deny this rumour.
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(Original post by vezy78)
Hi,
Iam currently in my 3rd year pharmacy and have been applying for my pre-reg placements.
Its hard to find what the actual salaries are for pre-reg placements for large companies such as Boots/Alliance, Lloyds, Rowlands, coop etc and wondered if anyone knows??


Also iam a doing a Boots summer placement this summer..to get a pre-reg place with them.
However Ive heard that if you do do a pre-reg with them that you're contracted to work for them for another year afterwards or you pay them to terminate the contract??! is this true?


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Re the Boots pre reg contract....that is true. You must agree to stay on with them for at least a year following qualification when you sign your contract. It is possible to get out of that, however it comes at a cost (what you mentioned). Currently, if you do leave within the first year following qualification you need to pay £5,000 towards the cost of pre reg training.

The salaries for the pre reg increase a bit each year. Boots are in the region of £18,000, Lloyds - same as Boots, Tesco: £17,500, Superdrug: £15,000 - £16,000

Hospital is a bit more - i think around £20,000 (not exactly sure, but definately more than community)
Ring up the companies/check their websites, it should say there!
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Sainsburys are doing something mad like 21k next year I've heard.

Pre-reg in hospital is bottom of band 5, so it changes like twice a year or something when you get your increments.
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Anyone know what co-op pay?

And has anyone done a summer placement/pre-reg with co-op? I'm trying to decide between boots, lloyds and co-op and i really don't know who to do the summer placement with (which im guessing may lead on to pre-reg aswell), as i've heard co-op have the highest pass rate for the pre-reg exam, but i dont know how true this is. Anyone have a preference to their favourite company?
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(Original post by BellaMemoria)
Anyone know what co-op pay?

And has anyone done a summer placement/pre-reg with co-op? I'm trying to decide between boots, lloyds and co-op and i really don't know who to do the summer placement with (which im guessing may lead on to pre-reg aswell), as i've heard co-op have the highest pass rate for the pre-reg exam, but i dont know how true this is. Anyone have a preference to their favourite company?
It IS all about the co-op - I chose a co-op summer placement above boots and lloyds placements.
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(Original post by Leilah)
It IS all about the co-op - I chose a co-op summer placement above boots and lloyds placements.
Oh so you've chosen them too have you heard good things about them? My tutor said they were starting to get better with pre-reg than boots and lloyds now, but i keep getting scared that some of their stores are gonna close as i think some did somewhere in the UK..

T'is useful though as the co-op store i got is in my town whereas it'd take at least 2 buses to get to the boots store they gave me, so the money difference would appear less that way (boots offer way more than co-op for the placement but then they may be crap payers at pre-reg?)
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When I applied for my pre reg, hosp (london) has the highest salary and thats one of the reasons I picked it, along with other thgs (eg structured study days, more pharmacists support, less weekends compared to community, less work pressure, less dispensing, more clinical development...) plus I did a 3rd summer placement with Boots, and didn't really enjoy it...

Pre reg @ hosp is a band 5 job because of agenda of change, and the hourly rate is about 10 pounds and the normal hr per week is 37.5. (my friend in boots works 40hrs/wk and still got pay less)

However, upon qualifying, community do pay more (33K+) while in hosp is less than 30k. But you can always switch over after you qualify.
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Apparently Morrisons in Aberdeen are having trouble finding a pharmacist because they're "only" offering £35K - people who have been qualified for a number of years are unwilling to work for that "low" a wage. Pretty exciting
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Anyone i know with a boots prereg offer hasnt got a condition that they have to do a year as a pharmacist after! Though i think most of my mates will stay on after anyway due to job stability and the training they get at Boot is supposed to be good!
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(Original post by pharmakid)
Anyone i know with a boots prereg offer hasnt got a condition that they have to do a year as a pharmacist after! Though i think most of my mates will stay on after anyway due to job stability and the training they get at Boot is supposed to be good!
Hmmmm, have they read their contracts fully and properly?
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Anybody know what the pre-reg salary is like in ireland?
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I heard that tesco are giving something like 22-23K for next years pre-regs, no idea at all how true it is though.
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I think rather than worrying about pay, it's better to worry about quality of training, support staff and location.

It's been tough for many a pre-reg to be away from home living in on-site accommodation at hospitals. Though the calculation and exam training at most hospitals is very good - assuming you don't pick one that's horribly understaffed. Close to home/friends and support is brilliant in a tough pre-reg year.

Store-based pharmacies can be hard work! Especially if you pick a large main branch. It's actually worth calling the places you applied to and talk to the dispensers and current pre-regs for honest opinions on work load, study time and environment.

Really, I couldn't care less about pre-reg pay. Get registered first, then get picky about prices after you have your certificate.
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I've heard Sainsburys are offering £22k.

Yeah its true that with Boots your contractually obliged to work for them for 1 year after prereg tho I'm not as I did bradfords sandwhich. I am going to stay with them though. Boots prereg programme is the best!
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