In order to identify the trends driving life sciences hiring in the UK at present, Hays Life Sciences has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of salary and benefits data across clinical, drug safety, quality assurance, regulatory, commercial, health economics, medical information and biometrics to produce the 2014 Life Sciences Salary Guide & Market Overview. Ahead of  a free-to-attend launch event and networking evening on 5 June, to discuss how the sector can act now to ensure a long-term sustainable future, Hays Life Sciences share their top-line findings here.

The biopharmaceutical industry and government need to take the long view, and do something to resolve the professional skills shortage now facing us in the UK. The war for talent is real, and as an industry we need to start thinking about where, and how, new skills will be channelled into the life sciences industry now, and in the future. As demand for innovative, more cost-effective and better value healthcare solutions increases, we will need more scientists, engineers and technicians, and need to think ahead about where this talent will come from.

Life sciences is a specialised business that, except for the high profile roles of doctor, pharmacist and vet, has failed to successfully attract the necessary talent resources. Long-term vacancies are already daily currency in some specialities – Statistical Analysis System (SAS) programming for biometrics is one such discipline – and we believe that the need to resolve the talent shortages is now urgent. A solution needs to be found sooner rather than later so this is not something that can wait until university. It must start even in primary schools. Which is why we associate ourselves with organisations such as CoderDojo that involves school children in coding.

At Hays we believe passionately in developing thought leadership and in encouraging this debate. It is imperative that we change the culture in life sciences recruitment and shift the needle from cost to partnerships and collaboration. Life sciences recruitment is now focused on creating sustainable relationships that will carry biopharma and its supporting organisations safely into calmer waters.

Here is a snapshot of some of the findings from the report.

Some summary findings of Hays Life Sciences’ benefits survey

To find out more please come along to our free-to-attend launch event and networking evening hosted jointly with BIA on 5 June, or request your copy of the report on 0203 4650090.