Strongest Rise In Perm Vacancies Since March 2010

The latest KPPG/REC report on jobs has highlighted a number of very interesting changes in the labour market. We are continuing to see very strong growth in the number of permanent vacancies within the Clinical sector with the demand for clinical and nursing staff increasing dramatically. The clinical/nursing sector has seen strong growth in the level of permanent vacancies with most of this growth being in the private sector. The growth in the number of permanent vacancies across the UK is the 2nd strongest since information was first collated in 1997, and interestingly most growth has been in the North of the UK with London and the South East being weakest.

There has also been increased demand for temporary staff in the Clinical/nursing fields which has been higher than the demand on the permanent side. This is in contrast to most other sectors of the UK economy but perhaps reflects the greater amount of project work in this area particularly on the private side.

The knock on effect of this growth in demand is starting to have an effect both in terms of candidate availability, which is diminishing, and salary inflation, as we are starting to see some pressure on salaries and hourly rates, and we expect this to continue over the next few months. However it is worth noting that the level of salary/rate increase is still below the national inflation rate.

Overall this is very positive news for our sectors and we are starting to see a broader range of roles, with much of the growth in the permanent sector.

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Kelly Services award CKA Group with top prize

Last night it was confirmed that CKA Group had won the 2013 Supplier Excellence Award for Science for the second year in a row.  Having been benchmarked and awarded against tough criteria which included our cost, compliance and performance metrics in the following areas:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Quality
  4. Problem Resolution
  5. Partnership
  6. Innovation

Jonathan Hart Smith, Managing Director of CKA Group has said, “Having been notified of our selection last month we have been anxiously awaiting the results and are absolutely thrilled to have won! Ultimately we value our relationship with Kelly Services and place great importance on our performance, which is clearly recognised and appreciated by Kelly.”

The EMEA Supplier Excellence Award Ceremony takes place on Monday 31st March, and representatives from CKA Group will be there to accept the accolade.

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Senior Regulatory Executive Job in Uxbridge UK

Shreeya Patel at CK Clinical is currently recruiting for a Senior Regulatory Executive to join a global pharmaceutical company based in Uxbridge on a permanent basis.

Senior Regulatory Executive Job Description

As Senior Regulatory Executive you will:

  • Will be involved in the preparation of high quality, chemistry, manufacturing and control (CMC) detailed regulatory documents using varied information sources.
  • Liaise closely with other personnel to ensure accuracy of such records.
  • Be working to agreed deadlines and maintaining records to reflecting project status.
  • Be responsible for highlighting potential delaying factors promptly to line management and sharing knowledge of regulatory documentation and procedures with others to assist in problem solving.
  • Be proactively pursuing process improvement and sharing of best practice

Qualifications, Skill and Experience:

As Senior Regulatory Executive, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Good written and oral communication and networking skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus and work with attention to detail
  • Demonstrate ability to retain critical information
  • Be aware of the contents of a marketing authorization application
  • Demonstrate team working and effective time management skills
  • Be a dynamic and highly motivated individual
  • Good at establishing strong relationships and liaising effectively with sites worldwide

How to apply:

Shreeya Patel - Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Recruitment at CK Clinical

Please contact Shreeya for more details.

For more information or to apply for this Senior Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs position, please contact Shreeya Patel at CK Clinical on +44 (0)1438 743 047 or email

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Careers Advice Bulletin – May 2012

Are you looking for a new job in the pharmaceutical industry? CK Clinical can help you. Here’s some advice to help you kick start that job hunt and help you land that perfect job in pharma:


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Register your CV

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Once registered, one of our specialist Pharmaceutical Recruitment Consultants will be in contact to discuss your requirements and any relevant pharmaceutical job opportunities which may be of interest.

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Amgen & Watson Pharmaceuticals Develop Biosimilars

As reported by The Pharma Letter, the biotechnology company Amgen have teamed up with the US generic drug maker Watson Pharmaceuticals in order to develop and commercialise oncology antibody biosimilar medicines.

Amgen will be responsible for the development, manufacturing and commercialising the oncology antibody products, whilst Watson will contribute $400m across the course of project. Watson will also provide their expertise in marketing the products in more competitive and generic markets. They will also be instrumental in managing the lifecycle of the biosimilar products.

Speaking of the announcement, Robert Bradway, president and CEO at Amgen stated,  “The pairing of Amgen’s 30 years of experience in biologics together with Watson’s substantial generics and specialty pharmaceutical experience and complementary commercial and distribution capabilities provides great potential for worldwide patient access to high quality oncology biosimilar medicines.”

This type of activity seems to be becoming more and more common. In fact, earlier this month Biogen collaborated with Samsung and established a join venture to do just this. In addition, many other large pharmaceutical companies are planning to embark on this, including Merck & Co, Novartis and Pfizer.

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Clinical Research Associate Job – London, Brighton and Southampton, UK


Clinical Research Associate Job – London, Brighton and Southampton, UK

An exciting opportunity for a Clinical Research Associate on a six month contract with a major global pharmaceutical company. This is a field based position, you will monitor sites in London, Brighton and Southampton.

Your main responsibilities as a Clinical Research Associate will include:

  • To collaborate in the identification and drive the selection and monitoring of investigator sites with supervision and input from other cross functional groups, in compliance with company SOPs, ICH GCP and the UK Statutory Instrument, so that site performance targets are achieved and that the company’s image with its external customers is enhanced.
  • Data Monitoring with supervision
  • Management of investigator sites (Selection, initiation, monitoring and close-out) with appropriate support
  • Data Quality
  • Reporting
  • Documentation


Apply Now

For more information or to apply for this Clinical Research Associate position, please contact  Susan Murray at CK Science on 01438 870 027 or email Please quote reference CL21389 in all correspondence.

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Quality Assurance Senior Specialist Buckinghamshire

A global pharmaceutical company is currently looking for a Quality Assurance Senior Specialist to join their team based in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Working as a Quality Assurance Senior Specialist, you will be responsible for the planning and conduct of audits of the clinical research activities of the company, Pharmacovigilance audits, business partners and vendors, through to the critical evaluation of documents, procedures and facilities. The audits provide an independent quality assessment to assure compliance with appropriate regulations and company SOPs and processes. Previous experience in compliance is required (GPVP, GCP and IT Validation)

The successful candidate for this Quality Assurance Senior Specialist job will be educated to Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree level in a life science, natural science or computer science with experience in a specific compliance area and/or equivalent time and experience in a related R&D area.

This Quality Assurance Senior Specialist job also demands a candidate with the following skills, competencies and experience:

  • Be highly motivated to work effectively either independently or as an active member of a global team. Will prepare and effectively communicate audit report findings to colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Have a detailed knowledge and background in Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Pharmacovigilance (PV), or Information Technology (IT) systems compliance.
  • Contribute to the assessment of current quality of clinical & PV systems and make recommendations for improvement. Assist in process improvements and ongoing development of new auditing procedures, techniques and department guidelines.
  • Interact with internal/external appropriate functional personnel in order to identify issues and recommend actions identified throughout the audit process.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in specific compliance discipline (GLP, GMP, GCP, GPvP or IT Validation)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the drug development process, regulation awareness and scientific terminology.
  •  Understand pre-clinical/clinical systems or computer systems compliance documentation and regulatory records.
  • Knowledge of SOPs and documentation requirements in a regulated industry.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, organized, detail oriented.
  • The successful candidate will have good direct QA or functionally related experience, or equivalent training.


How to Apply 

For more information, or to apply for this Quality Assurance Senior Specialist job, please contact Hendre at CK Clinical on tel: +44 (0)1438 870 023 or email me at quoting 19686 to indicate your interest.

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Novartis to Cut 20% of U.S Headquarters Jobs

Pharmaceutical Jobs, Pharmaceutical Recruitment, UK, CK ClinicalThe Swiss pharmaceutical industry giant is planning to cut 20% of its US Headquarters staff.  The move comes as the company attempt to cut costs and revamp the way it sells its pharmaceutical products the US markets.

According to reports, there will be 383 pharmaceutical job cuts. Mr Jimenez, CEO of Novartis said the company also plans to restructure its US staff into four new business units, each focused on a specific therapy area: primary care, multiple sclerosis, respiratory disease and neuroscience.

The pharmaceutical company has also seen cuts in it’s sales and marketing spend but they don’t see a reduction in R&D spending. Novartis currently spends about 20% of net sales on R&D. Mr Jiminez stated, “My commitment is to continue to invest heavily in R&D at a time when many of our peers are outsourcing their R&D and reducing their spending because they aren’t seeing the productivity. I just believe this is a business that is fundamentally about R&D and that it should be strategically owned by Novartis and directed by Novartis,” he said.

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Pharmaceutical Industry Most Affected by Flight Ban

Pharmaceutical Industry Feeling the Pressure After Flight BanHas the pharmaceutical industry been the worst affected by the country-wide imposed flight ban?

Yes- according to Howard Archer, an Analyst at IHS Global Insight. Archer stated that the pharmaceutical industry has been the worst affected as ‘many of its products moved around by air and needing to be delivered quickly.’

Not only this, but the pharmaceutical industry is notoriously heavily reliant on importing raw materials needed to manufacture their drugs. Understandably, any setback in the supply of these materials can lead to delays in production.

Pharmaceutical products such as vaccines, which have a short shelf life, could prove useless when they eventually reach customers.

However, it seems the big name pharmaceutical companies have remained relatively unaffected, with share prices recovering since the disruption began last Thursday. GlaxoSmithKline’s shares rose 0.35% to 1,283.5p, while AstraZeneca rose 0.7% or 21p to 2,964p.

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AstraZeneca to cut 8,000 pharmaceutical industry jobs


Today, AstraZeneca, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, has announced that it is planning to cut a further 8,000 jobs across its global operations over the next four years as its targets cost savings of around $1.8 billion.

Having already cut about 12,600 jobs, further job cuts will be made in functions such as sales and marketing, business infrastructure, research and development, and the supply chain.

The group has a number of operations across the UK, including its head office in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and sites in Alderley Park, Loughborough, Bristol, Luton and London. An AstraZeneca spokeswoman said the company had yet to reveal how many UK positions would be affected at these sites.

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