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Major growth on the way for the life sciences sector

Major growth on the way for the life sciences sector

In a recent article in the Irish Examiner, John Hearne  reported that ever since Pfizer opened its citric acid plant in Ringaskiddy in 1969, the story of Ireland and the health sciences sector has been one of unprecedented success.

Forty-five years on, we are home to eight of the top ten pharmaceutical companies in the world. Ireland’s pharmaceutical exports are the 7th largest in the world and we are the largest net exporter of pharmaceuticals on the planet.

Pharmaceutical exports account for 50% of our total exports, the sector employs 25,000 people directly and another 48,000 indirectly.

Growth in the market, particularly the medical device sector

Brian Flynn (CareerWise Recruitment) said;

We are now finding that there is some growth in the market, particularly in the medical device sector, but also with biologics and pharma. And in many cases, there are a number of “low profile” employers” who are seeking candidates for challenging and exciting jobs both at home and abroad”

Brian Flynn (Executive Recruitmentt) CareerWise Recruitment

He went on to say, “consequently, we are finding it challenging to recruit for certain technical roles“. This is primarily a hangover from the bad old days from 2009 onwards, where there is reluctance to leave jobs that are considered safe and secure.

The uncertainty and insecurity that emerged from that time is only slowly dissipating. Often, the challenge is not merely to sell the company and the role, but the region in terms of what it offers, both in terms of facilities, opportunities and overall job prospects.

He went on to say; there is a huge range of major employers throughout Munster ranging from Waterford in the South East to Limerick in Mid West and all places in between. The challenge will be to entice high calibre candidates from within Ireland and further afield and who meet both the technical and cultural requirements.


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