Top Life Science Recruitment Trends For 2019
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 sciences market.
Ireland’s prowess as a global biopharma and life sciences hub is a story in itself, and the future is looking bright. The life sciences industry in Ireland continues to thrive, with a number of well-defined pharma, medtech and biotech clusters benefiting from considerable recent investment. Which leads us to ask, what trends are we currently seeing for candidates in the life sciences sector?
What our survey revealed
It’s a candidate’s market, and as our results show that 75% of our technical professionals surveyed intend to look for jobs in 2019/2020. The below infographic will give you some insight into 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 candidates using when looking for a new role?
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- 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?
(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 relocate if you want to work for one of these organisations)
- 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
(Tip: This is an experienced job market. Ensure that your experience on your CV and LinkedIn profile really stands out)
The top three reasons why people are looking to move roles are the following:
- Career progression
- A better salary or rate
- Looking for a new challenge
What concerns people most about moving roles?
Loss of security
- Research the organisation
- Review the new contract thoroughly
- Check the company’s financial status with your recruiter and Google the latest news reports featuring the company.
These 3 points may make you more confident in your decision.
New company environment
- At the interview make sure you get a good feel for the company environment. Check their website and social media carefully. What does this tell you about their culture?
Loss of status
- Remember why you want to join this new company and why they want you.
- You might be the newest person at the company but you have experience from other organisations and a different perspective which is invaluable. Bring that spark to your new role.
If you’re considering a move to Ireland take a look at the top three reasons why people work here:
- 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.
- Career Opportunities: Ireland is home to 24 of the world’s top biotech and pharma companies and the number continues to grow.
- 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.
People stay and move to Ireland because Ireland offers a great culture, quality of life and lots of career opportunities
What tools/platforms are the most popular when searching for a new job?
Recruitment agencies: Working with a specialist recruiter such as CK or CareerWise gives you access to a wider range of jobs. Try to build a relationship with a recruiter so they contact you before a job is even advertised to the market.
LinkedIn: If you’re interested in a new job, ensure your CV is on LinkedIn. Some Recruiters such as CK Group also have LI Recruiter licences that are only available to recruitment firms. These licences give us a much larger network of clients and candidates, which in turn will give you a wider job search.
Job Boards: CK and CareerWise advertise most of their jobs on Irish Jobs, Indeed and CV Library for example but to get access to the jobs before the rest of the world, check our own websites regularly.