Harris Teeter has reduced hours and pay for its full-time pharmacists. Starting Wednesday, pharmacists will work 32 hours — though they’ll still be considered full-time employees for benefits purposes, says Danna Robinson, spokeswoman.
Pay will be cut to reflect the hours worked. The decision to trim hours impacts full-time pharmacists at roughly 200 stores, Robinson says.
Overall, the grocer has nearly 250 locations across seven states and Washington, D.C. It has 30 stores in Charlotte.
Part-time positions are not affected and no jobs were eliminated in this change, she adds.
Robinson says the grocer — a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.: (NYSE: KR) — made the changes after reviewing its “pharmacy staffing model to ensure that we continue to remain viable and competitive in the market.”
According to Indeed.com, Harris Teeter staff pharmacist salaries reported to the job posting website averaged $110,321 annually. According to 2016 data from Occupational Employment Statistics program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacists make $116,970 in Charlotte and $120,270 nationally.
Harris Teeter continues to monitor changes in the health-care industry. That list includes consolidation of pharmacy retailers, wholesalers, pharmacy benefit managers and third-party insurers.
Harris Teeter's competitors also are offering more part-time positions as well, Robinson adds. “The majority of our competitors are basing their new full-time positions on a 32-hour work week.”