– Scientific vacancies in the sector were up 9.9% year on year.
– Overall, over 72% of all posted vacancies were located in South East, East and London regions, with Oxford had the fastest growth across the combined regions.
– R&D is now the single largest area of scientific hiring, with volumes up 19.6 year on year.
– The last quarter of 2017 saw a record level of activity when analysing the last three years.
– R&D specifically has continued to be the single largest area of hiring.
– Astrazeneca dominate, with more than double the vacancies compared to the second largest employer.
Medical Affairs has been a significant growth area over the past two years, with a 10% increase during this time period.
By sector, roles within biotechnology have been growing faster than others. By role, medical writing is the fastest, up 70% in two years. By country, Italy has witnessed the biggest increase, up 278% between 2015 and 2017.
In the 12-month period ended 30 April 2017 Contract Research Organisations in Europe announced 1.2% more vacancies than they had in the previous 12-month period.
The three months from February to April 2017 saw 49% more new openings announced by Contract Research Organisations than the same period in 2016.
The 20 largest countries in terms of number of vacancies accounted for 96% of all newly announced Contract Research Organisation openings in Europe.