The summer months are almost over, and our specialist recruitment teams have provided valuable insights into the jobs market within the science industry.
In this Summer Jobs Market Review we will be looking at; an overview of the science recruitment market in general, recent job announcements within the industry, the most frequent roles placed across the country, exceptional roles which our specialists have placed and the most desirable skills and qualifications sought after by hiring managers at the moment.
Ireland continues to be a global leader for the Life Sciences market. This is reflected by the number of manufacturing facilities who have setup, expanded, merged, taken over and built on green-field sites particularly in the biotech and medtech space. Life Science (API/ OSD / Biologics) is by far the most active sector in terms of hiring during the Summer in Ireland.
Ireland has a consistent track record in providing the relevant skills required for in-demand technical candidates along with stable tax and regulatory framework which contributes to the country’s success in attracting significant amounts of investment.
Technical Services has been a key driver for new positions opening up, allowing candidates to progress and develop their careers into more specialised areas of Analytical and Process Chemistry. The Quality Control market continues to have a high demand for skilled and experienced candidates at all levels within the lab, but in particular QC Analysts with at least 3 - 4 years GMP industry experience are always in demand.
Clinical Trials has been a space that has made a real presence in the Irish market allowing candidates to explore opportunities within the industry and outside of the usual consultancy space. Several factors are driving this demand - most notably Brexit is playing a part with companies relocating their functions to Ireland and other EU states, leading to new positions being created across senior leadership in the areas of Regulatory, Clinical Research and Drug Substance & Manufacturing. There were a number of key job announcements over the summer period that had a positive impact on the science employment market;
Most in demand roles by region:
Highest Paying Roles - our teams have placed
Skills and Qualifications
Demand for QC Analysts across ireland is consistent year on year, where candidates need to have industry experience in HPLC, GC, KF, and Dissolution alongside a minimum of 3 years GMP industry experience plus a degree in Science.
Demand for experienced Clinical Trials candidates has grown significantly throughout 2018, particularly in the regions of Cork and Dublin. In January Morgan Mckinley were engaged to recruit over 100 Clinical Trials professionals across assistant, associate and management level. Candidates need to have industry experience either within an established clinical or regulatory department, a CRO (contract research organisation) or clinical research.