The average time a Krogans pharmacy technician spends at the front counter is 25 minutes, according to a new study from the University of Toronto.
The study, which compared the average hours spent by the Toronto-based chain with the average time spent by employees at the U.S. pharmacies CVS and Rite Aid, found that Kroger’s average hours per day were 24.5 minutes and 25.5 hours, respectively.
The average Kroger worker spends about 15 minutes per day at the counter, according the study, published in the Canadian Journal of Pharmacy.
Kroger spokesperson Emily Lacey said the chain takes all reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of its associates.
“We’re committed to ensuring the safety of our associates and customers, and we’re committed in our efforts to meet our employees’ safety and health needs,” Lacey wrote in an email.
“As part of our commitment to improving safety at the Kroger, we also monitor our associates’ health and wellbeing and conduct additional reviews when required.”
The study also found that the average Krogains pharmacy technician hours per year average 24.9 hours per week, and that the chain spent $11.25 per hour on medication, equipment, supplies and cleaning.
Krogannas pharmacy technician workers are expected to take an average of 9.9 days off per year, according research conducted by a University of Ottawa study.
The survey found that about two-thirds of pharmacy technicians work in a part-time capacity.
Kroghans hours per worker average 25.6 hours per month, according an online survey by pharmacy analytics firm NPD Group.
The company’s average hourly wage is $19.70.
Kroghan’s pharmacy technicians were also found to spend an average 9.8 hours per hour at the store.
The total hours of work per month by Kroger employees was more than double the average for workers in the U-M-Edmonton, Alta.-based pharmaceutical and pharmacy training program, the study found.
Kroggans average employee hours are also double the U of Ms average hours for full-time faculty, according researchers at the University.
Lacey said she can’t comment on individual employees because the study is based on one survey.
“We encourage all of our pharmacy technicians to be transparent in their responses to these types of surveys,” she wrote in the email.
The University of Ontario’s pharmacy research program also found a lack of diversity in the Krogan pharmacy workforce.
The number of female pharmacists was a little lower than the rest of the pharmacy workforce, according a 2013 study.
Krogan said the study was based on a survey of 639 pharmacists at seven stores in the GTA.
It found that 78.9 per cent of pharmacists are female, and a higher proportion of female than male pharmacists.
In response to questions on the study from CBC News, a Krogan spokesperson wrote in a statement that it “takes every reasonable step to ensure that all of its pharmacists receive the highest level of training and professional development to meet their responsibilities as pharmacists.”
The pharmacy industry has been grappling with the impact of a shortage of pharmacologists, with the number of vacancies in the industry reaching an all-time high in 2016.
More than 12,000 pharmacists in the province were laid off last year, and the number has risen to nearly 17,000 by the end of 2017, according data from the Ontario Ministry of Health.
The situation is particularly dire in urban areas, where pharmacy work is particularly hard to find.