Pharmacy workforce predicted to grow year-on-year in new report

A report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) shows that the number of pharmacists worldwide has increased since 2006, but low-income countries saw the slowest growth.

A report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) shows that the number of pharmacists worldwide has increased since 2006, but low-income countries saw the slowest growth. The report predicts the global pharmacy workforce will expand by up to 40% between 2016 and 2030. The study authors also estimate that by 2030, 72% of the total global pharmacy workforce will be women. "The increasing proportion of women in the workforce will have complex implications for health workforce planners—which will include a hard look at gender equity issues in addition to a greater professional and economic focus on how we support 'return to practice' after career breaks," says the report's lead author, Ian Bates, director of the FIPEd Workforce Development Hub, UCL-FIP Collaborating Centre, University College London, School of Pharmacy. The report emphasizes a need for further analysis of workforce intelligence to better gauge capacity trends by region, gender, and practice sectors, as well as other workforce members including pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy support.