It's quality control versus regulatory affairs in the science market...

Michelle Ahern 18.10.2018

As Q3 comes to a close, our specialist recruitment teams have provided insight into the jobs market within Science.

As Q3 comes to a close, our specialist recruitment teams have provided insight into the jobs market within Science. 


In this Q3 Review, we will be looking at; an overview of the science market in general, the most frequent roles placed across the country, highest paying roles our specialists have placed and some workplace insights surrounding flexibility, workplace wellness and workplace benefits. 


There is currently a shortage of experienced professionals in the Quality Control market. Meanwhile, there has been an influx of process chemistry positions, of which there is a good volume of talent on the market for. This is opposed to Regulatory Affairs, where there are a huge amount of job opportunities and a lack of qualified professionals. 


In terms of job announcements, young company APC, one of Ireland’s largest employers of PhD-level scientists announced that they are set to create 50 new jobs in South Dublin as part of a €10m investment to expand their research facilities. As well as this, American biotech multinational BioMarin have announced that they will expand their Cork operation to take on 51 new hires as part of the expansion of their Shanbally plant. 


Most Popular Roles By Region:

Dublin

  • QC Analyst - high volume of demand in order to meet production needs.
  • Process Chemists - demand for these technical specialists who help with production of a product.
  • Regulatory Affairs - in demand due to impact of Brexit.

Cork

  • QC Analyst - high volume of demand in order to meet production needs.
  • Regulatory Affairs - in demand due to impact of Brexit 
  • Clinical Trials - influx of these roles due to centralisation of Lilly’s Clinical Trials department Highest Paying Roles - Our Teams Have Placed

Dublin 

  • QC Supervisor in Pharmaceuticals at €60,000
  • Senior Micro Specialist in Biopharma at €45,000
  • Process Chemist in Biopharma at €60,000

Cork

  • Lab Technician in Manufacturing at €25,000
  • QC Analyst in Pharmaceuticals at €37,000 + Shift
  • Medical Information - German in Industry at €34,000

Workplace Insights

Flexibility

Regulatory Affairs professionals typically have the option to work a day or two from home. However flexibility isn’t widespread in the science industry as all science professionals usually work to a schedule and so they need to be on site to make sure they complete their schedule. Therefore, flexibility trends are not very applicable to areas outside of Regulatory Affairs.


Benefits

The most common benefits available to science employees include pensions, bonuses, shift allowances and for senior appointments car allowances. 

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National Team Lead | Science
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