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Do female pharmacists struggle to climb the career ladder compared to males?

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Pharmacy is now a female dominated profession, but it never used to be. We only have to scan around the lecture theatre to notice a higher proportion of females compared to males.

Community pharmacy is the chosen path by around 65% of females compared to almost 80% males. Whereas in hospital pharmacy a larger proportion of females choose this sector compared to the males, 27% females compared to around 13% males.

Looking at hospital pharmacy, a higher proportion of females work as band 6 and 7, 8a and 8b posts. Yet the higher posts, bands 8c and d and band 9s are primarily held by men. The figures show from 2008 census data, 67% of all band 9 pharmacists are male with only 33% female. So why are the higher posts held by more men when 76% of the hospital pharmacy workforce are female?

Do women suffer in their careers by having children or working part time? Are women less likely to want to manage people? Is there any discrimination?

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