– 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 31 May 2017 the Life Sciences industry had virtually the same number (i.e. 99.9%) of vacancies for staff in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as in the previous 12-month period.
In contrast to the 12-month period ended 31 May 2016, which had a flat trend in vacancy change, the last 12 months displayed a distinctly downwards trend.
The largest difference between the 12-month periods under review was in January 2017, which had 19% fewer newly announced openings than January 2016.