As trainees and newly qualified pharmacists get started in their careers, the charity Pharmacist Support has published a fact sheet with information to help deal with common queries regarding employment contracts.

Topics include:

  • Written, verbal and statutory requirements
  • Rates of pay
  • Holidays
  • Rest breaks
  • Sick leave
  • Working hours
  • Notice requirements.

There is also a checklist covering issues that trainees and newly qualified pharmacists should avoid in a contract, including:

  • No statement of working hours
  • Variations in working site
  • Any attempt to reduce statutory rights
  • Financial penalty clause for leaving before the end of contracted period.

The fact sheet also covers areas that relate specifically to pre-registration trainees, including learning contracts, study time and training plans, as well as information about where to go for advice, including trade unions and the charity’s own service which includes a referral to a specialist employment adviser if required.

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