Number of pharmacists in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

In 2019 there were approximately 65 thousand employed and self-employed pharmacists in the United Kingdom (UK). The number of pharmacists in employment in the UK has fluctuated since 2010, dropping as low as 49 thousand pharmacists in 2013.

Number of pharmacies

Since 2006, the number of community pharmacies in England has been gradually increasing. Additionally, the number of pharmacies has remained above 11.5 thousand from 2013 onwards, culminating in a total of 11,539 community pharmacies in 2018/19.

Dispensing numbers

In 2018/19, there were over one billion prescription items dispensed from pharmacies in England. Although the number of prescriptions has slightly decreased in the last three years. Over 2.3 thousand pharmacies dispensed an average of over ten thousand items a month in 2018/19 and the average number of items dispensed per month per pharmacy was approximately 7.3 thousand in this year.

Annual number of pharmacists in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Special properties

UK households

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

Annual population survey data relating to employees and self-employed health professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2213).

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