Walmart aims to employ 5,000 new pharmacy technicians this year, with starting salaries ranging from $15 to more than $22 per hour.

The company is also hiking wages for its pharmacy technicians, an indication that huge retail pharmacies are still fiercely competing for staff.

Starting next week, Walmart confirmed that it would boost pharmacy technician pay to more than $20 an hour on average.

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The company said: “We are sending a strong signal to pharmacy technicians everywhere that Walmart is serious about attracting top talent and giving them the tools to build a successful career.” 

It also promised more frequent pay raises based on experience and years of service with the company, which executives hope will help recruit and retain pharmacy personnel.

However, the beginning salary for pharmacy technicians will remain the same.

Pharmacy technicians, who are certified to assist pharmacists in writing prescriptions and answering consumer queries, earned an average of $17.66 per hour, or $36,740 per year in 2021, and the wages increased by 8 percent in 2019.

Large retail pharmacies spent most of last year rushing to staff their facilities effectively, as many pharmacists hurried to distribute vaccinations, Covid-19 testing, and other pandemic services.

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They managed this while coping with Covid-19 outbreaks among their own ranks and a generally tight labor market.

As the Omicron variety spread across workplaces earlier this year, some Walgreens and CVS pharmacies shuttered on weekends owing to understaffing.

Walmart and others want to expand their healthcare to discover new revenue streams, which means competition for those workers will stay fierce.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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