Job of the week – Regulatory Specialist

This week’s clinical job of the week is a Regulatory Specialist within the chemical industry which offers the option of working at either their Essex, Wakefield or Grimsby sites. This also offers:

  • Two regulatory specialists positions with one being focused on global notifications and REACH, whilst the other would be a product stewardship focused role
  • The opportunity to join a team that has grown significantly over the last two years.
  • The chance to join a growing, forward thinking company in the chemical industry.

These roles would suit experienced Regulatory Specialists with drive and the ambition to develop their careers.

To find out more, or apply, click here

 

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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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Job of the week – Senior Statistician

This week’s clinical job of the week is a Senior Statistician role which offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced SAS programmer to join a healthcare company in Oxfordshire. This role offers:

  • the opportunity to be a part of an R&D team who are working to improve life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare
  • experience in the area of diabetes
  • flexible working hours and an attractive salary and benefits package
  • an immediate start

For more information or to apply 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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Job of the Week – Director, Clinical Research, Oncology

This week’s clinical job of the week is a Director, Clinical Research, Oncology to be based at the EU Headquarters of an innovative and successful global pharmaceutical company in Hertfordshire. This role offers:

  • An excellent, permanent opportunity for an experienced Clinical Development Physician.
  • A key, strategic role in the development of solid tumour treatments currently in Phase I. You will develop Clinical Development Plans and Study Protocols and ensure their effective execution, through to data interpretation and regulatory reporting.
  • The successful candidate excellent salary and benefits.

So if you have a Medical Degree (GMC registration not essential) and proven experience in the clinical development of solid tumour therapies in a pharma company, CRO or academic background this could be a great opportunity for you.

Click here to find out more

 

 

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Clinical Job of the Week – Medical Manager

This week we are recruiting for a Medical Manager to join a small-medium pharmaceutical company for their cardiovascular thrombosis portfolio. This role offers:

  • The opportunity to act as the UK lead, ensuring UK representation in European development and medical plans
  • Involvement in clinical plans including the management of IIT’s
  • A great career development path
  • An excellent salary

Find out more about this great new clinical role here

 

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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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