Despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty, a recent report has shown that demand for professionals to work within the UK’s Life Sciences sector has increased by 11%.
The research, gathered by Vacancysoft on behalf of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), revealed that clinical vacancies rose the highest, with an increase of 37%.
Also, while pharmaceutical firms continue to provide the ‘lion’s share’ of professional opportunities, the largest area of growth has been within Clinical Research Organisations, where job openings increased by 25.6%.
Greater London was the fastest growing region, with vacancies up 43% year-on-year. Job openings remain heavily concentrated within the South East, which now constitutes 35% of the scientific roles within the sector.
Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, commented, “Despite uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the strength of the UK pharma sector has been thriving over the past year, with clinical vacancies showing extremely positive growth. Global testing volumes are rising due to an ageing population, surplus in management of diseases, and increased access to care. This reason, and the fact that the UK is home to three of the top five universities for pre-clinical, clinical and health sciences explains why there is such a high demand for professionals in this sector.
“The UK has taken strides in the investment of the country’s healthcare industry. With the second Life Sciences Sector Deal and the long-term plan for the NHS secured, we are seeing more companies investing in the UK and creating high-quality, well-paid jobs.”
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