According to a report by Cpl Life Sciences and Vacancysoft, 2022 has remained consistently steady for the life sciences industry in Europe in terms of recruitment, though still below 2021 levels.
The yearly forecast shows that vacancies could reach around 13,684 by the end of 2022, a year-on-year growth of 9% compared to 2021.
Contract research organisations (CROs) are expected to account for almost 69% of vacancies, the largest slice of the scientific clinical vacancy share.
Yvette Cleland, CEO of Cpl UK, said: “Overall, trends show a move toward adopting emerging technologies to discover drugs, adapting existing scientific techniques to find new therapeutic approaches within the RNA field, and decentralising clinical trials.”
The UK leads the way in terms of hiring activity by country, with 1,538 jobs year-to-date for CROs. Vacancies in the pharma sector show the UK also took the top spot for scientific clinical jobs, registering almost 600 jobs to date.
In the pharmaceutical sector, clinical management roles top the table, with 552 vacancies expected by the end of 2022. These numbers have already surpassed 2020 but represent a fall of -23% compared to 2021, when vacancy numbers shot up by 195%.
Clinical operations is the fastest growing role, with around 535 vacancies predicted by the end of 2022, constituting a year-on-year growth of 36.5% compared to 2021.
In terms of organisations hiring within life sciences, Syneos Health has been in the number one position in the last couple of years, with 5,554 vacancies published from 2020 to October 2022.