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Contract Pharmacy: Everything There is To Know & How Quad Recruitment Helps

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Contract pharmacy workers are an essential component of the healthcare workforce in the United States, providing essential services in many different settings across the country. Pursuing a career as a contract pharmacy professional is becoming more and more appealing.

But what exactly does it mean to be a temporary contract professional? In this guide, we address frequently asked questions, including the responsibilities of the role, the advantages of choosing contract work, and the process of becoming a contract pharmacy professional.

What is an Independent Contractor Pharmacist?

Contract workers are generally hired for specific projects or services on a shorter-term basis. Instead of being tied to a permanent, salaried position, contract pharmacy workers work on contracts to fulfill specific needs within pharmacy organizations. Typically, you will work for 3 – 6 month contracts. Contract positions can be converted into Direct Hires if the company wants to take you on permanently (Temp to Hire).

Just like their permanent counterparts, independent contractor pharmacists are required to hold all the necessary qualifications, and maintain state licenses.

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Competitive pay

Contract pharmacy professionals typically earn higher wages than traditional pharmacy employees. They may also receive bonuses and other incentives.


Travel opportunities

Contract pharmacy professionals may have the opportunity to travel to different locations and work with different teams. This can be a great way to gain new experiences and learn new skills.

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By working for several different employers, in a variety of settings, you will meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life, both patients and colleagues.


Focus On Delivery

If you are particularly interested in roles providing core pharmacy services, and less about longer-term strategic and management challenges, contract pharmacy work could well be the ticket.



Becoming a contract pharmacy professional enables you to observe different types of environments and use different systems. Which enhances your resume and future opportunities.

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Temp to Hire

Being a contract worker can sometimes convert to a direct hire. This gives you an opportunity to try a place of work and if you enjoy it you can be taken on permanently.

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How Can Quad Help You Become a Pharmacy Contractor?

If you’re a pharmacy contractor, you should register with Quad Recruitment by clicking below. We host an informal meet-and-greet interview which can be completed from the comfort of your own home. During this interview, we cover some really important questions that allow our consultants to match you to the perfect role. We make this as enjoyable as possible, without taking too much time out of your busy schedules. Once we have discussed a role with you that is of interest we will submit your profile over to our client to book interviews.

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Onboarding and Background Checks

We use an employer of records called PGC for all of our contract staff. PGC acts as your employer and does all necessary background checks before you start work with our clients. You will only be put in contact with PGC once we have discussed an opportunity with you and you have been successful at the interview stage with our client.

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Get Out To Work and Submit Timesheets

Once you have completed all background checks with PGC, you are ready to work. Once you start to work with our client, you will log into PGC’s portal every week and submit your timesheet with the hours you worked that week. Please note that you get paid Bi-weekly for the work you have completed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not a problem at all. This happens! 

All you need to do is communicate this with us. Ideally, we ask for you to give the contracting employer seven days notice but this isn’t essential. You could leave immediately with no separation notice.

This all depends on you.

Our clients are very quick to hire you as a contractor, often resulting in your start date being within seven days of first communicating with your Quad consultant.

If there's any delay in completing your background checks with PGC, your start date will be impacted.

You'll be paid bi-weekly by PGC. 

It's as easy as that! 

Your consultant will be able to let you know how much you'll be paid per hour - which is always agreed prior to your assignment start date.

This can depend on the assignment and how many hours the end client wants you to work. Typically you will be working a 40-hour week.

This will be discussed with you prior to starting the contract.

Once you have finished the assignment, there are three things that can happen:

  1. Your contract gets extended 
  2. You get taken on as a direct hire
  3. You finish the contract and find work elsewhere

Ready to take the next step?

Are you ready to embark on your contract journey? Take the first step now and register with Quad Recruitment. Our team is here to support you every step of the way!


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Thank you for exploring our comprehensive guide on becoming a contract pharmacy professional. We hope you found it helpful! If you still have questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Our team is always ready to help. You can contact us via email at or call us at +1 (929) 695 - 9147.