While there is an ongoing skills shortage in the market, how are scientific vacancies faring in the UK in 2022? Which sectors are thriving, and what skills are the most in-demand? Which firms are the busiest hirers?
Written in partnership with CPL Life Sciences, this report reviews recruitment trends for scientific jobs in the UK’s life sciences industry. It observes the annual and monthly totals trends, examines in which sectors recruitment is rising, breaks down the skills in demand, and presents the hiring activity of the top firms.
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In a world of ever-increasing risk, specialist insurance services rise as businesses look to mitigate their exposure. Hence, for the industry, 2023 has proven to be a busy year, with the sector being one of the top performers across all industries in terms of year-on-year activity this past year. On that point specifically, we saw vacancies drop by 15.1% compared to 2022. That compares to an all-industry fall of 30%.
Every generation bears witness to a technological jump which has the capacity to change the way we work. For example, from the first generation of mobile phones in the 1980s, through to smart phones and mobile devices this has transformed the way we do business. Nonetheless, we have seen increasing numbers of jobs displaced as different technologies have achieved scale.
In a sign of the times, industrial engineering, which encompasses aerospace and defence, has proven to be the top performing industry this past year, up 21% on 2022. At the same time the impact of quantitative tightening on the London market has been felt heavily across both finance and technology. As a result, vacancies in the capital are down 40% on the prior year. This is according to the latest UK labour market trends report by leading professional body APSCo and market data analysts Vacancysoft.