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The Contractor Guide

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Temporary pharmacy workers are an essential component of the healthcare workforce in the United States, providing essential services in hospitals, retail pharmacies, and clinics throughout the country. And pursuing a career as a temporary pharmacy professional is increasingly appealing.

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

What is a Contract Pharmacy Professional?

A contract/ per diem pharmacy worker is a freelance or temporary pharmacy professional. Instead of being tied to a permanent, salaried position, contract pharmacy workers work on contracts to fulfill specific needs within pharmacy organizations. They step in to cover various scenarios such as staff holidays, sick leave, maternity leave, or an increased workload.

Just like their permanent counterparts, contract/ per diem pharmacy professionals are required to hold all the necessary qualifications, and maintain state licences and compliance requirements. 

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One of the major benefits of contracting is the increased flexibility it offers. You have complete control over where, when and how you work.

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As you have the freedom to decide how often you work, you can tailor your schedule to suit your preferences.

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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.


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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.



Contract pharmacy roles offer competitive pay, with average rates increasing in recent years. Many pharmacy workers are drawn to contract work for its enticing financial rewards.



Becoming a contractor in the pharmacy industry enables you to observe the different types of management systems used in different pharmacies. Which enhances your resume and future opportunties.

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How can Quad can help you become a Contractor?

So how do you actually become a contract pharmacy professional? While it may seem daunting to set up as a contractor, and there are a lot of things to consider and organise, but fear not as Quad is here to help you every step of the way.

First- register with Quad Recruitment by clicking the link below.

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1. Initial agency interview

At this stage, we start the process of getting to know you! 

We host an informal meet-and-greet interview which can be complete from the comfort of your own home. During this interview we cover some really important questions which allows our consultants the opportunity to best match you to a contract. 

We make this as enjoyable as possible, without taking too much time out of your busy schedules. 

It's a valuable opportunity to meet the team, make a positive relationship, and leave a great impression. As recruiters, we hold the key to connecting you with the clients you want to work with as a contractor. Use this opportunity to ask us any questions you have and gain a strong understanding of our agency and how we work.

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2. Compliance

This crucial step involves handling all the necessary paperwork and bureaucracy. While it may not be the most exciting part, compliance is vital in your journey to becoming a contractor. Luckily for you, we have an outstanding relationship with an organization called PGC who will host you as an employee.

They strategically walk you through all compliance steps to ensure you have all the necessary cover and documents within the state you intend to work as a contract pharmacy professional. 

We will only place you in contact with PGC upon finding a contract that suits your requirements and experience. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the questions we get asked the most about how to become a contractor, and what life is like as a per diem pharmacy professional. 

The frequency of your availability and working schedule has a big part to play in this answer.

You have the flexibility to decide how many hours you want to work each week. At Quad Recruitment, as pharmacy recruitment experts, we strive to provide a steady flow of opportunities.

Not a problem at all. This happens! 

Your life may have changed and therefor you are now seeking to take a step away from being a contractor. 

All you need to do is communicate this with us. Typically you should give the contracting employer seven days notice instead of leaving ubruptly. This always leaves a good impression and will result in you claiming a great reference for your next employer to see. 

You'll be paid every other week by PGC. 

It's as easy as that! 

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

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 compliance with PGC, your start date will be impacted.

We understand that handing in your notice can be a challenging step, as you are a valuable asset to your employer. To ensure a smooth and professional process, we recommend following a formal approach.

Begin by scheduling a meeting with your employer to discuss your decision and intentions. During the meeting, present them with an enveloped notice letter. For your convenience, we have a templated resignation letter available for you to use.

You can access the resignation letter template here: Resignation Template Editable.docx

The various consultants at Quad Recruitment each manage their own compliance procedures. We ensure that all contract pharmacy professionals possess the essential documents and information required to excel in their journey as a locum,

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 info@quadrecruitment.com or call us at +1 (929) 209 9032.