QA recruitment in 2017

In 2015 CK Group undertook a UK wide survey of those currently working in the sector to build an accurate picture of the recruitment landscape within QA. We took this decision as overt the past several years we have found the recruitment of Quality professionals more challenging in an ever changing market. This investigation returned some unexpected results which have given us an accurate and focussed view of the sector as a whole and what those working in it require to change position moving into 2017.

Our investigation found that most people working within QA fall into either the 10 years+ experience or below 2 years of experience which has created a gulf of experience in the mid to senior level bracket. We have hypothesised that this is due to the market slump during the recession where those that were in mid to senior level roles have now progressed in to senior roles but as there were fewer candidates entering the industry we are now faced with this anomaly.

As expected, we found that most QA people are currently working within the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. However we also found a marked increase of positions within the biotech sector. Biotech has grown substantially over the past few years and as it moves into more of a commercial phase the requirement for QA professionals will continue to grow. We believe there will be an increase of QA roles in this area in the coming years and it should be a real area of interest for QA professionals.

In regards to the type of contract that QA people prefer there is a 76/24 split of permanent / temporary workers in the market currently. Interestingly, 83% of people stated that they will be looking for a new job within the next two years with most preferring a permanent contract. We found this proportion of people to be looking for a new role quite surprising considering the lack of movement at the moment. This could be a result of those in more junior positions currently, looking to move in to mid/senior level positions. Even with the uncertainty we now face from the pending Brexit move we are confident that the permanent market will become stronger as we move forwards but as the rest of our findings will show, there are a number of key factors that the QA professional is looking at before they will consider making a move.

One of these key factors is location. Only 24% of people would definitely consider relocating for a role with 29% of people saying they may consider relocation. This means 47% of QA people are not willing to consider relocating under any circumstances. The good news is that there is a relatively even spread of QA people across the UK but with a noticeable higher number of people based in the South East, North West and North East. Therefore finding the very best candidate could be more difficult depending on location.

The other key factors are remuneration, status and security:

  • Nearly 44% of people said they would require a higher salary and a better benefits package to consider a move. This group also said they would only move to what they would perceive to be a “better company”.
  • Job security and progression/development opportunities scored very highly on key requirements, which wasn’t surprising but what was a surprise was the large number of people that stated flexible hours to be a key factor when looking at a new position.

In summary, the market is currently made up of highly experienced and relatively inexperienced people leaving a gap of hard to find mid-level candidates. Most people are only looking at positions based locally to them with a slight preference for roles based in London, the South East and the Midlands. This why recruiting for people with the QA field has become such a challenge and from our findings is why companies have to seriously look at what they are offering to secure the best QA people at any level but especially in the hard to find mid level sector. They are going to have to offer a stronger overall package than their competitors including salary, benefits, progression/development opportunities, job security and working hours. We know that there will be more people in the market in the coming years but for now if you want the very best available it will come at a premium.

To take a look at the infographic we produced here

For more information on the recruitment of QA professionals, or if you are considering a new role but would like further advice on the market, contact our QA recruitment professionals on:

Clinical QA: 01438 743 047

Science QA: 01438 723 500

 

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Drug discovery and development: Recruiting and retaining staff

As part of our drug discovery and development career spotlight, we are releasing a range of employer aimed articles which aim to help you improve your ability to recruit and retain your quality staff.

Our first article focusses on recruiting and retaining staff in the pharmaceutical industry and was written by our Clinical Recruitment Manager, Jim Gleeson. The article provides an overview of the pharmaceutical industry, how it has evolved over the last few years, how recruitment has adapted to reflect these changes and most importantly, how to retain the quality staff you have working for you.

To read the article in full click here

This article touches on many of the points that our employer infographic highlights. Click here to view in full 

 

If you would like to explore our spotlight area in more detail click here

 

 

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Drug Discovery & Development – Overcoming the Skills Gap

A recent report published by the Social Market Foundation and EDF highlights the fact that 640,000 vacancies are predicted within the STEM sector over the next 6 years. This mirrors reports published in 2016 by the Wakeham Review of STEM Degree Provision and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries which both highlight the current and future need to focus on increasing the number of STEM professionals within the life science and pharmaceutical industries.

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CRA Vacancies Market – 1st November 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 1st November 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 680 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 594 permanent roles
  • 86 contract roles

There has been a 10% drop in the volume of CRA jobs over the last week, with job numbers dropping from 758 to 680. Contract roles have been predominately impacted by this drop with 317 fewer temporary roles being advertised this week. In contrast permanent roles grew by 67%, with 239 new roles been added to our tracked job boards. The growth in contract roles over the past two weeks has been an abnormally and due to length of time it lasted could have been as a result of school term times.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles 

 

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 25th October 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 25th October 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 758 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 355 permanent roles
  • 403 contract roles

Last week’s unusual behaviour has continued this week with the volume of contract roles still exceeding the number of permanent roles. Total job numbers have seen a marginal growth over the last week with permanent roles closing the gap between the two.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

 

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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CK Group is exhibiting at the upcoming RQA Annual Conference

Between November 9th and 11th CK Group will be exhibiting on stand 14 at the 2016 RQA Annual Conference which is being held at the Hilton Brighton Hotel Metropole.

CK have long been an advocate of the RQA and have attended the Annual Conference for many years. With a long history of helping to source and place highly qualified QA professionals into pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device and scientific organisations, CK feel a natural affinity to the goals and objectives of the RQA.

With this year’s event looking at the emerging challenges faced by the industry as they try to balance increasing innovation, transparency and risk-based approached against the drive towards reducing costs and working more efficiently and effectively. As a result there are shifting requirements from the industry which is forcing the traditional role of QA to change, moving towards a more proactive quality solution orientated responsibilities. The role of a QA professional has to become a more active role with a view to adding value to the organisation.

CK’s Jim Gleeson and Jason Johal will be on hands throughout the event on stand 14 to provide advice and support to employers and QA professionals.

If you would like to arrange a confidential chat at the event, or you would like to discuss your current circumstances with a consultant, please contact them on the details below:

Jim Gleeson

 

Jim Gleeson

Clinical QA

Tel: 01438 842973

Email: jgleeson@ckclinical.co.uk

 

Jason Johal

Jason Johal

Scientific QA

Tel: 01438 842963

Email: jjohal@ckscience.co.uk

 

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 18th October 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 18th October 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 731 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 314 permanent roles
  • 417 contract roles

There has been some unusual activity in CRA recruitment this week. The total number of jobs has increase by 13%, however for the first time ever we have tracked contract roles with higher numbers than permanent. CK have been tracking CRA jobs since the start of 2015 so to see this role reversal for the first time ever has been a surprise. To get to this point we have seen permanent roles decline by 42% and the demand for contractors grow by 408%. This is highly unusual and we are currently unaware of what could have caused it.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 11th October 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 11th October 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 644 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 562 permanent roles
  • 82 contract roles

There has been a minor decline in the volume of clinical research jobs over the last seven days. This has seen permanent roles reduce by 1% and interim roles dropping by a more substantial 21%. However, considering we have been tracking a clear upward trend over the last 4 -5 weeks, we are anticipating this having a short term affect.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

 

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 4th October 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 4th October 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 674 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 570 permanent roles
  • 104 contract roles

The volume of clinical research jobs has continued to grow over the last seven days with another six jobs added into our tracked job boards. However, there has been some fluctuation between permanent and interim positions, with permanent seeing a small decline in jobs whereas interim roles have grown by 13%. Overall, the trend we are tracking is a positive one with job numbers increasing week on week, hopefully we will continuing monitoring this behaviour over the coming weeks.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

 

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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CK announce winners of TOPRA competition

Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the TOPRA Annual Symposium in Amsterdam last week. It was great to meet everyone and catch up with familiar faces,  we hope that you all had a productive and successful few days.

We ran a competition offering a chance for entrants to win either 50% off a placement fee or Amazon vouchers, the winners were picked by an independent adjudicator on Friday the 30th of October 2016. We are pleased to announce that the following won:

  1. Winner of £100 Amazon Vouchers – Angela Roberts at Samarind RMS
  2. Winner 50% off Next placement fee – Angela Stokes at INC Research
  3. Winner £25 Amazon Vouchers – Ella Shaw at Samarind RMS

Congratulations to everyone that won, we hope that you find these prizes useful and thank you for taking part.

Find out more about Olly and JIm who manned the stand at TOPRA here

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