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Top Trends Employers Need To Know When Hiring For The Life Science Sector

CareerWise Recruitment and CK Group (UK, INRALS network partner) carried out a recent survey of engineering and technical professionals who are currently active in the life science market.

Innovation throughout the life sciences sector in Ireland is growing quickly, and job opportunities are increasing along with it. Talent is universally accepted as a key to competitive advantage, so getting it right is imperative.

As a small island nation and against the backdrop of intense competition from other locations, and other challenges, we have developed a reputation in the sector that Ireland can be justifiably proud of.




The purpose of this survey is to help prepare organisations for the future by assessing and reporting the trends that will most impact them.

Some areas that may be of interest to companies in the life sciences space are that there is significant interest from candidates in moving to Munster; the sector is mature in terms of job seekers with 10 years plus experience; career progression and challenge are as important as salary and helping potential candidates manage the risk of making a move is very important.

The below infographic will give you some insight on what;

      • Influence Brexit is having?
      • Why people are looking for a change, and why are they attracted to working in Ireland?
      • What obstacles they face?
      • What tools are they using when looking for a new role?

Be sure to check out our Top Tips on the back of responses received.



      • More than 75% of those  asked stated that they would be looking for a  new role in 2019/2020.
      • 83% said that Brexit has NOT been a consideration when  it comes to working in or  relocating to Ireland.
      • Which region are most people  looking to live and work?
Ulster 11%
Leinster 35%
Connaught 20%
Munster 54%
Other 11%

(Tip: It is no surprise that the Munster area is the most popular since a huge amount of the life science industry is based around Cork. Be prepared to pay a relocation fee for the right person)

      • 45% of people asked have more than 10 years  industry experience
        • 36% have 2 to 10 Years
        • 43% have 10 Years +
        • 21% Less than 2 Years


The top three reasons why people are  looking to move roles are the following:

      1. Career progression
      2. A better salary  or rate
      3. Looking for a new challenge

(Tips: 1. If this isn’t a short term contract, is there a clear career pathway for this role? 2. Are you offering the market rate? If you’re unsure of the going rate, ask your Recruitment Consultant who will be able to advise you. 3. Make sure the role is challenging. Set benchmarks for the candidate to meet throughout out year.)

What concerns people most about moving roles?

Loss of  security

What does your brand image say about your organisation? Does your website and social media promote the idea that the organisation is prospering? Look at your reviews on Indeed, Google and Glassdoor. Are these respectable? Ensure that the company has replied to any negative ones.

New company environment

What is your company culture like? Can you ensure that it is welcoming even at the interview stage. Is there someone to welcome the candidate on arrival? Does the receptionist know the name of the interviewee? Does the organisation make it seem like you’re looking forward to seeing them?

Loss of  status

Being the newbie in a new company can be a daunting prospect especially if the candidates have been at their previous company for a long time. To conquer this reinforce why you want them to work for your organisation. Make sure they feel valued before they accept the job offer.

If you’re considering a move to Ireland  take a look at the top three reasons why  people work here:

      1. Quality of life: A 2018 UN report stated that  Ireland is number 4 in the world for quality of life just  after Norway, Switzerland  and Australia.
      2. Career Opportunities: Ireland is home to 24 of  the world’s top biotech  and pharma companies  and the number  continues to grow.
      3. Culture: Ireland is known for traditional live music in every pub, stunning scenery,  castles, rugby, horses, and  being the home of Guinness! It’s not a surprise that people want to move here for the  great culture.

Tip:(Ireland has a lot to offer in terms of quality of life, career opportunities and culture. If you want to attract candidates from overseas, ensure that your career materials emphasise these factors)

What tools/platforms are the most  popular when searching for a new job?

      • Recruitment  Agencies
      • LinkedIn
      • Job Boards

Tip (CareerWise Recruitment & CK Group have a strong working relationship with LinkedIn. We utilise their professional network to connect with talent that maybe considering their next career and require the advice of a specialist to help them navigate the jobs market.  This is particularly useful in a market where talent is primarily passive which allows our consultants to provide a greater recruitment service to our customers.)




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