5 reasons why companies should really be focusing on mental health initiatives

Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of conversation around mental health in the UK. Despite this, discussing mental health in the workplace still holds a stigma. In fact, 92% of people who suffer from bad mental health feel that admitting it at work would negatively affect their job.

As over three quarters of people experience symptoms of poor mental health at some point in their life, this is not a stat to be taken lightly.

Providing wellbeing initiatives aimed at improving employees’ mental health can not only help improve a company culture but can also play an important role in your recruitment marketing.

To attract candidates

A general misconception is that mental health initiatives are purely for internal purposes. When asked in a recent survey by Robert Walter, only 33% of employers said they thought this would be important for attracting new recruits.

In contrast, 88% of professionals consider mental health and wellbeing initiatives at work important when looking at applying for jobs.

Candidates are now looking for more than just a salary, and wellbeing perks are an attractive benefit to jobseekers. They want to join a company which will look after them, and reward them.

Offering perks such as discount gym memberships, healthy food options or wellness days out of the office won’t only look impressive on your job adverts, they will also put you in an advantageous position compared to competition.

But there are far more advantages to offering wellbeing initiatives than just for recruitment purposes. Here is a short list of some of the other benefits.

To boost employee productivity

Currently, on average, only 2 in 5 employees are working at peak performance at work.

This lack of productivity is mainly due to distractions because of wellbeing issues, including poor mental and physical health. For example, studies have demonstrated that employees who smoke, don’t eat healthy diets and don’t exercise are those who suffer from presenteeism the most.

By focusing on employees’ wellbeing and helping them to improve their lifestyle and mental health, companies could motivate their workforce by eliminating some of the main causes of distraction.

To retain existing staff

Rewarding your staff with wellbeing initiatives increases their loyalty to the company. The feeling of being looked after will keep your staff feeling motivated week after week, keeping them satisfied at work and more likely to stay on longer.

As workers aged 25 to 34 stay on average three years at a job, companies should be looking at more incentives like wellbeing perks to reduce staff turnover.

To improve job satisfaction

A healthy lifestyle has been proven to make people happier. Providing your employees with wellbeing-focused perks could help employees feel more satisfied and overall happier in the workplace. In short, happy employees produce better work.

Additionally, discontented staff tend to distract other coworkers whereas happy employees attract like-minded people to the business and create a positive culture. Keeping everyone content will avoid creating waves in your workforce.

The long-term plan

As mentioned previously, three-quarters of people suffer from bad mental health at some point, so encouraging your staff to concentrate on their wellbeing could help reduce these stats in your workplace. Investing in wellbeing initiatives now could help you save money in the future – for example it could help prevent early retirements, save on absenteeism costs as well as avoid hefty insurance claims if you provide your staff with health insurance.

The bottom line is that wellbeing initiatives not only help you market your company better to potential candidates, but they also help reduce your staff turnover and improve your overall company culture and staff productivity.

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The best job perks to attract candidates

Studies have proven that in all industries, including STEM industries, salary and career opportunities are the two biggest incentives for candidates when it comes to choosing a place to work. However, according to a recent survey by Glassdoor, over a third of people admit to choosing a company over another based on the extra perks. Increasingly, the desires of candidates are shifting and they tend to be more interested in a good work-life balance rather than a big pay package.

Besides, job perks don’t only attract new talent – they also help with staff retention. According to Capita’s latest employee insight report, nearly 70% of staff are more likely to stay with a company if they feel they are offered good benefits.

Perks teamed up with salary increases are the best combination to keep your workforce satisfied and motivated, creating a nicer working environment and boosting productivity overall.

In this article we investigate the UK’s favourite perks.

 

Flexible working hours

Rather than the traditional nine to five, companies are increasingly offering Flextime – allowing employees to work when suits them best.

Some employees will like a lie in and come to work later. Others, notably parents, may prefer to come in earlier and leave when school finishes, to spend time with their children.

Offering employees this flexibility means they work their 37.5 hours when they feel most motivated and will help them attain a better work-life balance.

 

Remote working

Interestingly, 30% of people would rather have the option to work from home rather than get a pay rise.

Many roles don’t require employees to be in the office every day. Giving staff the option to work from home from time-to-time helps them save money and time by avoiding their daily commute.

This perk is especially useful for those employees who live further away or have families.

 

Childcare help and additional parental leave

High childcare costs often put new parents off returning to work or persuade them to work part-time. A good way to attract and retain new parent employees is to offer onsite childcare like a nursery or to help out with childcare costs.

Being a parent is stressful enough – if companies can help relieve some of that stress then these employees can be more relaxed at work and consequently be more productive.

Another attractive perk for soon-to-be parents is extended parent leave. Again, this won’t cost a company much but will keep these employees satisfied and encourage them to return after their parental leave.

 

Office outings

Office outings are a great way to boost office morale and help with team building.

They can create a community feel in the office and build staff confidence.

Office outings are especially useful for newcomers to get to know their peers. When applying for a company, the prospect of feeling welcomed into the company community straightaway can be appealing.

 

Extra holiday time

Holiday time is precious – and the more a company offers, the more attractive it becomes.

Furthermore, holiday time allows staff to rest and rejuvenate, keeping them happy and relaxed.

Some companies have gone as far as allowing employees to take unlimited paid leave – leaving them the choice to have time off whenever they wish and avoid feeling burnt out.

 

Other favourite perks worth considering

There are many other popular company benefits that can attract candidates and satisfy current staff – some others include:

  • Entertainment for the office (pool table, drinks on Fridays, office pets…)
  • Free food
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance benefits
  • Health and life insurance
  • Gym memberships

So, if you are looking to recruit or are struggling with employee retention, it may be worth reconsidering your company benefits.

Many of these don’t necessarily cost much – but will have massive returns on investment in terms of employee satisfaction, overall productivity as well as more candidates applying for your company.

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How to find the right talent

With the average job seeker looking at 7.6 job sites to find the best available job openings, attracting the right talent for your organisation is now harder than ever.

Gone are the days of just posting your job openings on job boards and hoping for the best. If you really want to hire the top talent out there it will require much more work.

Companies are now expected to actively put themselves out there to attract the right people. This is time consuming and needs a dedicated team and hefty budget.

An alternative is to avoid the hassle and partner with a specialist recruitment company.

Here are some key reasons why partnering with a specialist recruitment company could give you that much needed competitive edge.

 

Help with your employer branding

A potential candidate will judge a company based on their employer branding. They need to imagine themselves working there as well as understand the company’s culture and what the job will entail.

Larger organisations may have the budget to create a whole recruitment branding campaign, but for others it is not that simple.

By partnering with an agency, they can get to know your company and in turn represent you appropriately to candidates, giving these potential employees a real insight into your business -current job openings, benefits and career progression as well as a feel for the culture.

 

Knowledge of the market

Specialist recruitment companies like CK Science know the ins and outs of the industries they work in. It is their job to keep up-to-date with all the latest developments. They can provide you with expertise and guidance based on their past experiences.

They can help you figure out how to reach the sort of candidate suitable for your job opening, how to set appropriate salary rates and the potential issues that could arise etc.

 

Access to candidates

Probably the main advantage of working with a leading specialist recruitment company is that we readily have available candidates, with the right expertise, registered with us.

At CK, thanks to our reputation and tools such as CK+ we have direct access to an impressive pool of talent with specific skills related to the science industries.

In addition, recruitment companies tend to have good relationships with job boards – getting good value adverts in prime positions.

 

A search partner

The right candidate may not be actively looking for a new job and therefore will not come across your job opening. A recruitment partner like CK Science will actively go seeking talent that may currently be in employment and not looking right now.

 

Time saved

On average 250 people apply for every role. Unfortunately, nothing guarantees that any of those applications will be fruitful.

This also means it takes up an enormous amount of time sifting through all the CVs, to make a selection and to carry out interviews. By working with a recruitment company, you can skip all the admin and only see the selected final few candidates.

This gives the HR manager, or whoever deals with hiring, the time to do other more pressing tasks.

 

Over time, partnering with a recruitment company will provide even bigger benefits. As they get to know your company, understand your needs and gain your trust, the recruiting process will become smoother and quicker. A company like CK Science will quickly get to understand the types of candidates you are looking for and find you exact matches every time.

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Why AI will never replace traditional recruitment

There are lots of mixed emotions around Artificial Intelligence. Some people are scared it will replace human jobs, whereas others see the enormous potential. Nonetheless, whatever people’s stances are on it everyone agrees that AI software is present everywhere.

Whilst the recruitment industry is growing, AI technology companies are seeking the opportunity to get involved. These new generation tech start-ups are using Artificial Intelligence software to try and disrupt this “people-centric” industry.

In the last few years we have seen a number of successful (and some less successful) software companies offering solutions that provide an “unbiased” or “more efficient” recruitment process. But could traditional recruitment as we know it, renowned for being such a personal and interactive industry, be replaced by robots?

 

New offerings

Recruitment is an industry which will always be indispensable – there will always be a need for hiring talent and placing people in best-fit roles. However, the way we recruit could see change with the introduction of AI.

Much of AI in recruitment is about sorting through data and automatising the recruitment process. Recruitment companies receive a vast number of CVs each day. On average, a job opening will attract over 250 applicants – and around 23 hours of Recruiter time to sieve through them.

To save time, tech companies are introducing new software that can ease this process and make it more efficient. These new systems are capable of sorting through every detail of an application and assessing potential candidate, without tiring out.

Others new software systems claim they have the solution to creating an unbiased process. A good example of this is Headstart. This recruitment app claims to match students from a range of backgrounds with opportunities at leading companies, using a series of contextual and predictive algorithms. According to the app, this process reduces natural human bias as it selects candidates purely on maths and facts, and not emotions.

However, this is debatable as it has been proven that machine-learning is influenced over time by human bias. AI technology adapts to regular patterns – over time it would recognise that a company has been employing a certain type of candidate, and would alter its algorithms to continue to look for that same type in future. This in turn makes the problem worse and can cause even bigger discrimination issues.

Also, another question to ask ourselves is can AI really replicate human common sense?

 

GDPR and security– a big hurdle for AI

A big development for AI and all digital systems is the soon-to-come introduction of new data protection laws.

Data automation in all industries has had a lot of bad publicity. So much so that from May 2018 new regulations are coming into place to protect data – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The idea is that these regulations will give people greater control over their privacy and personal information. This is worrying for the AI world as transparency has never been its forte.

Under the new laws candidates must give consent for their personal data to be collected and used. Personal data will no longer be easily accessible for AI softare to sift, which in turn will limit its potential.

Additionally, the GDPR states companies must clearly explain to candidates how their data will be used including “the existence of automated decision-making, and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.”

Companies heavily reliant on AI software will struggle to explain their decisions to applicants, and especially those who have not been selected by the algorithms. We predict many will have to rethink their recruitment strategy in order to comply with GDPR. Those who don’t obey will face hefty fines.

 

Recruitment – a two-way process

More importantly, the reason AI will never replace traditional recruiting altogether is because AI will never completely be able to replicate humans or understand human emotions (at least not any time soon!)

The recruitment process is as much about selling a job to a potential candidate as it is finding the right person. A chosen candidate needs to make a decision on whether the role is for them, and in many cases, they may have to be reassured. They will have lots of questions and will need to trust the recruiter before taking any chances. This is an area where personal human interaction and sensitivity is absolutely vital, and no machine can replace that.

 

Over the next few years we will see some AI influence in the recruitment industry, but with GDPR coming into place there will inevitably be limitations. AI may help certain aspects of the recruitment process, but a machine will never be able to reassure candidates, decide whether someone will fit into a certain company culture, understand someone’s capabilities or fully grasp whether they are being genuine.

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5 reasons why December is a good time to start looking for a new job

Rumour has it that December is a bad month to look for a new job. It may be true that December can be slow. Companies take a while to get back to you regarding interviews and offers, HR managers can be putting off tasks until the following year and many people are on holiday, making the entire process inefficient. However, despite all that, the last two weeks of December can be an exciting time to start looking.

Here are a few reasons why.

 

  1. You have more time

Despite the Christmas frenzy happening in the outside world, December, and especially the last two weeks, can be quiet times in the workplace. This makes it the ideal time to focus on thinking about what you want to do next, rather than wait until January when everything picks up and starts getting hectic all over again.

 

  1. Companies needing specific skill sets are always on the lookout

This is especially relevant for companies who need specific technical skills. If you are a near-match, they will be interested, whatever time of year it is.

 

  1. Get ahead of the game

The general belief is that January is a time for change, so start now and get ahead of the game? Everyone will be looking for new jobs in January, so our advice is to get ahead of game and be the first CV on the pile.

If you have found a job listing which matches your skill set, send us your applications now to beat the January competition.

 

  1. You will come across as determined

Following from point 3, if you start to look in December not only will you be in the lead compared to the January applicants, you will also impress recruiters and companies with your determination. It’s easy to take December slow, but if you are one of those who doesn’t lose motivation and stays proactive, that will shine through.

 

  1. Start looking now for 2018 opportunities

It can take a while to get motivated when launching yourself into finding a new job. From re-writing your CV to finding the good jobs and practising interviews, it takes time.

On average, finding a new job usually takes just over six weeks. If you start thinking about changing now, you could be starting the year afresh with interviews and be placed in a new job by February.

 

If all you want for Christmas is a new job don’t fall in the December trap, start your New Year resolution early.

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Refer a Friend scheme launched

CK Science is pleased to announce the launch of their Refer a Friend scheme.

The scheme rewards you with a £50 Amazon gift voucher if you refer a friend or colleague to CK Science and we successfully find them work. Its simple!

So if you have friends or colleagues that are currently looking for work and arent registered with CK Science, refer them to us and we will do the rest.

For more information how it works, contact your local CK office

 

Terms and Conditions do apply

The referrer needs to inform CK Science who referred them at the first  point of communication. The referred individual needs to be in continuous work for 3 months before the £50 Amazon will be issued.

 

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Variety in Science Grants to Benefit Research

Chemistry World has recently reported on a study into the effectiveness of the allocation of grant money to the scientific community.

The study, conducted by David Currie and Jean-Michel Fortin, biologists at the University of Ottawa, Canada, found that a series of smaller grants to a wider variety of people and institutions is more conducive to effective and meaningful research than large grants to the ‘elite’ in the scientific community. The conclusions of Currie and Fortin indicate that an increased monetary grant does not increase productivity.

Highly cited studies are seemingly unaffected by the level of funding received. The impact generally comes down to the quality of the researchers, regardless of career stage. Some more experienced scientists could have larger grants but less time to perform studies due to other commitments, such as teaching, and so cannot fully use the grant money. It would therefore be better to disseminate the money to a wider variety of researchers so that more diverse research could be performed.

Essentially, the money from grants is better used to improve the scientific community as a whole, rather than for the benefit a few specific areas of research. By funding the elite institutions, it is probably that the vitality and variety of scientific thought will be significantly dulled.

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Graduates – Great for Business!

Whilst experience is always a bonus, the hiring of graduates is also good for a successful business. Here are a few reasons why.

Cost

It may seem obvious, but an experienced person is going to want more money than a graduate, even if they are applying for the same position. To reduce annual company salaries it makes sense to hire the cheaper option.

Loyalty and Enthusiasm

The fact that you’ve hired a graduate and given them an initial taste of working life would tend to make them err on the side of gratuity. Carefully managed, this could translate into loyalty to your company. The inexperienced graduate would want to prove they can perform as best they can in their new job, possibly with little knowledge of the market and arguably their true worth. Should they turn out to be one of your better performers, managing them successfully could mean they stay for longer than they otherwise would.

Adaptability

New graduates are more likely to be adaptable and au fait with current and emerging technology. It could be better to have an employee who is more capable of throwing themselves into various fields of work, rather than an expert in just one or two. The ability to use new technology is also obviously a bonus, allowing your business to stay at the cutting edge of new developments.

These, plus other reasons that can be found on The Undercover Recruiter, are just a few reasons as to why graduates are excellent candidates to hire for your business.

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How to Keep Your Best Staff

Good employees are obviously fantastic to have, but by performing well they may start to cast their eye around in order to find a better job, possibly at a competitor. If this is the case, how are you supposed to go about keeping your best staff?

To begin with, make them feel appreciated. It seems counter-productive to ignore how well they have been performing and not address the fact that they may be coveted by other companies. If you recognise and mention this to your best performer then you can explain why you want them to stay, highlighting what they have been doing well to boost their confidence.

Spend time coaching and helping them develop new skills and techniques that will assist them in their current role. Do not, however, promise money in order to get them to stay. This would give them a clear route to leave should you not deliver, as you have shown you do not keep promises.

Furthermore, support their career development. As a manager, it is your job to get them to achieve the career goals they have set out, whether that is in their current job or not. By doing this, and therefore indicating your importance as a career mentor, you could encourage your star employee to stay on longer, so as to work with someone they respect.

Make sure to work with the better performers! Again, this is necessary in order to get them to feel appreciated in their role. By spending all the time with the weaker members of the team, those who are performing better may feel ignored and seek a position where they are more valued.

By doing this, you may not guarantee that your staff will stay forever, but you will increase the chance that they stay for longer. Don’t feel that by working towards their goals you’re helping them to leave; it will benefit your company too, by increasing the standard of work that is produced by your team.

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Amgen and Astellas Announce Japanese Link

US biotechnology giant Amgen has entered a partnership with Astellas Pharma of Japan in order to provide for the medical needs of Japanese patients, reports www.chemweek.com.

A new business model, combining both companies’ capabilities has been agreed. Amgen’s pipeline candidate drugs are to be joined with Astellas’ knowledge and presence in the Japanese market. Five of Amgen’s pipeline developments, for the treatment of diseases of a cardiovascular nature as well as cancer, are set to be further commercialised and progressed.

A joint venture company will also be established, with the name Amgen Astellas BioPharma, with the intention of enabling Amgen to quickly establish a significant presence in Japan. This is expected to be set up and running by 1st October 2013.

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CK Science at BioDundee Conference

CK Science are pleased to be attending the 13th BioDundee Conference on 29th and 30th May 2013.

Held at the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee it is one of Scotlands largest events held to explore current trends, strategies and business models in advancing R&D innovation in the life science sector. For more information on the event please visit the BioDundee website

If you would like to arrange to meet Barney Smith who will be attending on behalf of CK Science contact 0191 370 6483 or email on bsmith@ckscience.co.uk

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CK Science 2013 Salary Survey

We are performing our yearly review of the science recruitment market to make sure that when you use CK Science to find your next job, we can guarantee we find you the right role, with the right company at the right salary. However, we cant do this without you, so if you are keen to help and would like to see the results of this review please click the link below and complete our survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cksciencesalarysurvey

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MSD and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce collaboration to improve family planning

Pharmiweb have reported that MerckSharpeDohme  and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that they will work together to expand access to family planning, a critical step in improving the health of women around the world.

MSD intends to pledge up to $25 million over eight years as part of MSD/Merck for Mothers – the company’s 10-year initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. This pledge will be matched by the Gates Foundation as part of its commitment to family planning.

Kenneth C. Frazier, Merck’s chairman and CEO said in the press release that Merck is proud to work in collaboration with the Gates Foundation to help to ensure that many more women around the world have the information and services they need to make practical and informed choices about planning their families……….This important initiative will help us accelerate the work of Merck for Mothers in saving women’s lives.”

 

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Scientists develop robotic fish to combat pollution

As reported by the BBC, European scientists have developed robotic fish which detects contamination and pollution in water.

The pollution-hunting fish is 1.5 metres long and cost £20,000 for the scientists to develop. It is fitted with sensors which pick up pollutants leaking from ships or undersea pipelines. In fact, the fish reduced the time it takes to detect pollutants from weeks to seconds. Scientists develop robotic fish to combat pollutionThe fish can communicate with each other, avoid obstacles, map their journey and transmit their data back to shore. Currently undertaking first trials in northern Spain, modifications will then be made to improve the large yellow fish.

Speaking of the pollution detecting project, Luke Speller, Senior Scientist as the research division of technology consultancy, the BMT Group stated, “The idea is that we want to have real-time monitoring of pollution, so that if someone is dumping chemicals or something is leaking, we can get to it straight away, find out what is causing the problem and put a stop to it.”

The project has part-funded by the EU and used expertise from scientists from the University of Essex and the University of Strathclyde. Further input came from the technology consultancy, the BMT Group and from the Tyndall National Institute and Thales Safare, which is a unit of Europe’s largest defence electronics group.

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The CK Science Durham office has moved to a new environmentally friendly site!

We are extremely excited to announce that the team at the CK Science Durham office have today moved premises to the environmentally friendly Rivergreen Centre in Durham!

The new offices are a mile to the north of Durham City and are set within the Aykley Heads estate. It is only a few minutes’ walk from Durham main line station and the local bus services and also has ample free parking for visitors.  The CK Science team are now looking forward to welcoming candidates and clients to this award-winning new location to discuss their career and recruitment requirements.

Please note that the new postal address for the CK Science Durham office is now:

The Rivergreen Centre

Aykley Heads

Durham

United Kingdom

DH1 5TS

T: 0191 384 8905
E: durham@ckscience.co.uk

The telephone and email addresses will remain unchanged.

To find out more about the new CK Science Durham office, please click here.

   

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Meet Reena Dhana – Temporary, Contract and Interim Science Recruitment

Reena Dhana has been with CK Science for 2 years and is based in our Stevenage office. To find out more, please watch her short video below:

Reena focuses on temporary, contract and interim recruitment for:

  • Analytical Consultancies
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology industry

For more information, please contact Reena on +44 (0)1438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.

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Looking for a temporary science job in the North East or Scotland? Meet Graeme..

Are you looking for a temporary science job in the North East or Scotland? Meet Graeme Pallas….

You can contact Graeme on 0119 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk.

Meet the rest of the CK Science team here.

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Jason Johal – Pharma, Biotech and Food Recruitment

Jason is the Manager of the CK Science Stevenage office, as well as a Senior Recruitment Consultant for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and  Food industries. To find out more, please watch his short video below:

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Meet Andrew Bolton – Chemical, Technology, Environmental and Waste Recruitment

Introducing Andrew Bolton, Senior Consultant at CK Science. Andrew joined CK Science in 2009 and is based in the our Stevenage office. To find out more about Andrew, please watch his short video below.

Andrew specialises in recruiting for the Chemical, Technology (Medical Device, Instrumentation & Diagnostics, Environmental and Waste industries.

The types of positions that Andrew typically deals with include:

  • Chemist – Analytical / Development / Process
  • Engineer – Chemical / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronic / Process
  • Production Technician / Operative
  • Polymer Scientist / Material Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager / Site Manager / Operations Manager
  • Business Development / Technical Sales
  • Product Manager
  • Biologist – Assay Scientist / Integration Scientist / Molecular Scientist
  • Offshore Chemist / Field Chemist / Site Chemist
  • Quality Engineer / QA Officer / QA Manager / Regulatory Affairs Officer / Regulatory Affairs Manager / Auditor
  • Environmental Consultant

If you are looking for a new position in these areas, or are looking to expand your team, please do contact Andrew and he will be happy to help you. You can contact Andrew on 01438 842 960 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

To find out more about Andrew’s background, please take a look at his LinkedIn profile.

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Private funding could boost UK science research base

As reported by the BBC News, Universities and Science Minister, David Willets is keen to take steps to boost the UK’s science research base in order to match international competition and boost economic growth.

In his speech at the Policy Exchange, Willets stated that some of the UK’s greatest assets are our universities, our science facilities and our researchers – Willets stated that it is therefore crucial that steps are made to help create jobs and thus boost economic growth.

Willets also stated that he wants to make Britain the best place to study science. He stated that he is keen to ensure that new scientific institutions are established with private funding due to the lack of government funding available. It is proposed that these new institutions will be a new type of postgraduate university which will focus on science and technology. UK businesses are therefore being urged to sponsor these new private universities that specialise in science. Speaking of his plans, Willets stated, “We have to bridge the gap between limited public funding and continuing strong demand for higher education and research.”

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