Teesside Uni invest £6m on science and engineering

As reported by BBC

Teesside University is to spend £30m developing their campus, with £6million earmarked for improving the science and engineering departments.

The new investment will include upgrading existing laboratories and workshops, as well as investing in the latest industry-standard equipment. Included in this will be a flight simulation laboratory for aerospace engineering students with a full-size aircraft for design projects.

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Hannah Oakley has been promoted!

Having joined CK over three years ago to work on temporary recruitment for CK Science at the Midlands office, we are pleased to announce Hannah has now been promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant.

Hannah has done a tremendous job of maintaining and growing the temporary recruitment side of the business and has established excellent relationships with both her clients and candidates. She frequently received outstanding feedback from both on her customer services due to her professional attitude, knowledge of the market and friendly and approachable personality.

To contact Hannah regarding a temporary recruitment position click here

 

 

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Benefits of CK+

CK+ is an innovative tool which will help make your search for the perfect job far easier! By registering with CK+ you will take out the hassle that comes from multiple applications.

By registering, you get a wealth of benefits, easing your application and guaranteeing a more effective, tailored service thanks to continual updates of our server. Your CV can be easily stored and updated, and your skills can be quickly established.

More details on the benefits can be found here

 

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GSK announce new science apprenticeships

GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has just announced that they are launching new scientific apprenticeships to provide young people with an alternative route to build a career.

With a choice of apprenticeships to chose from, including laboratory, manufacturing and supply chain, this new scheme delivers limitless progression for young people looking for the right opportunity.

For more information on these apprenticeships click here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 11th August 2014

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market.  Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how this Analytical Chemistry vacancy market changes and evolves and most importantly how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes.  So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new role or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 11th August and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 615 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week with:

  •  500 permanent roles
  • 115 temporary or contract roles

There has been a dramatic drop in jobs from last week, which is largely going to be a result of it being holiday season with most organisations delaying recruitment until September. We can expect to see a continued drop until after August Bank Holiday weekend.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next job as an Analytical Chemist please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you find your next Analyst, then please get in touch

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 28th July 2014

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market.  Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how this Analytical Chemistry vacancy market changes and evolves and most importantly how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes.  So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new role or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 14th July and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 738 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week with:

  •  630 permanent roles
  • 108 temporary or contract roles

This is clearly showing that the demand for both permanent and the contract / temporary remains healthy, and the jobs market is stable.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next job as an Analytical Chemist please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you find your next Analyst, then please get in touch

 

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June’s Report on Jobs provides positive outlook for the science industry

The latest KMPG/REC Report on Jobs for June has recently been published and it contains very positive results if you are looking for a new role. Overall the demand for both permanent and temporary staff has continued to grow across all industrial sectors.

It is particularly interesting in the scientific fields to see the growth in permanent vacancies continue to outstrip the growth in temporary roles, once again demonstrating the confidence to invest in new staff in our industry. The main regions where growth in vacancies has pushed ahead have  been the Midlands followed closely by London and the South East.

However as a consequence of the increase in vacancies across the scientific sector and the reduction in the numbers unemployed there has been a tightening in the labour market with a great reduction in the number of candidates available for employment in sciences particularly in the South East. This has been mirrored by an increase in pay pressure, both in the permanent and temporary fields, and we are now slowly starting to see salaries within the science industries increasing.

Overall this is very positive news if you are looking for a new role. However the report  once again highlights the need for companies who are recruiting to be aware of the need to offer competitive packages to ensure they can attract the highest calibre candidates for their vacancies.

Click here to contact Liam O’Connell, Operations Director at the CK Group for more in-depth information on this report

 

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 14th July 2014

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market.  Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how this Analytical Chemistry vacancy market changes and evolves and most importantly how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes.  So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new role or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 14th July and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 785 Analytical Chemistry vacancies (vs 675 previous week) were published last week with:

  •  621 permanent roles (vs 538 last week)
  • 164 temporary or contract roles (vs 137 last week).

This is clearly showing that the demand for both permanent and the contract / temporary remains healthy, and in fact, is growing.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next job as an Analytical Chemist please Search our vacancies.

If you would like CK Science to help you find your next Analyst, then please get in touch.

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market 10th July 2014

Analytical Chemistry Jobs market remains healthy.

Each week, CK Science provide a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market.  Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how this Analytical Chemistry vacancy market changes and evolves and most importantly how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes.  So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new role or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday July 7th and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on New Scientist, Monster, CV library, Emedcareers, Pharmiweb, Willey job network and Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 675 Analytical Chemistry vacancies (verses 632 last week) were published last week with 538 being permanent roles (versus 504 last week) and 137 (versus 128 last week) as temporary or contract.  This is clearly showing that the market for permanent Analysts remains healthy and the contract / temporary chemist sector is also up.

 

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next job as an Analytical Chemist please Search our vacancies.

If you would like CK Science to help you find your next Analyst, then please get in touch.

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Lucy Stendall joins CK for the summer!

Lucy Stendall has joined CK on an internship as a Resourcer for the summer.

Having begun her contract on 19th June, Lucy has joined the CK team until the end of August, following which she will return to Lincoln University to continue her Business Management degree. Whilst at CK, Lucy will be working with consultants to help source candidates and placements across the various CK divisions.

The internship is a chance for to put the skills she has learnt from her degree into practice, thereby gaining experience for the future. When asked if she would like to continue on with CK following the completion of her degree, Lucy responded with a resounding yes!

Please join us in welcoming Lucy to the staff and in wishing her the best of luck for the summer placement!

To contact our team and find out more about our work in the scientific recruitment field, please click here.

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 30th June

Every week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how this Analytical Chemistry vacancy market changes and evolves and most importantly how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new role or an employer seeking a new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.  Please do be aware though that there is likely to be some repetition across the jobs boards.  However, our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

So, our first summary was completed on Monday June 30th and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job Network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 632 Analytical Chemistry vacancies (verses 717 last week) were published last week with:

  • 504  permanent roles  (versus 521 last week)
  • 128 temporary/contract (versus 196 last week).

This is clearly showing that the market for permanent Analysts remains healthy.

Click here to search our current Analytical Chemist jobs

 

Or if you would like CK Science to help you find your next Analytical Chemist then please click here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 23rd June

Every week, CK Science is pulling together information about what is happening in the Analytical Chemistry jobs market.  Over time, we aim to build a picture of how the Analytical Chemistry vacancy market changes and evolves and, most importantly, how this impacts you.  So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new role, or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.  Please do be aware though that there is likely to be some repetition across the jobs boards and potentially some duplicate posting.  However, our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

So, our first summary was completed on Monday June 23rd and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 717 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week with:

  • 521 permanent roles
  • 196 temporary or contract.

This is clearly showing that the market for permanent Analysts is very healthy at the moment.

Click here to search our current Analytical Chemist jobs

 

Or if you would like CK Science to help you find your next Analytical Chemist then please click here

 

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The future of biotech

As CK Science’ review of careers in the biotech industry is coming to an end, we decided to look at the future of the industry and what it holds in terms of future developments and career opportunities.

Watch our video here

 

Currently the biotech industry is worth trillions of pounds, and provides millions of jobs. Not to mention it has become part of our daily lives from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, the medicines we use and even the fuel we use to get us around.

So whether it’s healthcare, industrial or agricultural biotechnology it is one of the most exciting and innovative industries in the world to be in at this time.

And with such a broad spectrum of companies and roles ranging from manufacturing to development to regulatory to commercial release, if you are looking for a long term career then you can’t go far wrong with a move into or developing your career within biotech.

Search our biotechnology jobs

 

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Biotech campaign: looking at career opportunities

This week as part of our biotechnology campaign we are looking at what career opportunities are available to those entering and progressing their career in manufacturing and production.

At this time the biotechnology industry is experiencing a period of massive growth which is directly impacting on the recruitment of new and experienced staff within the sector. We are now seeing a sharp increase in the demand for staff with new roles being created to help companies progress their product into market accurately and quickly.

The manufacturing side encompasses a wide array of jobs: manufacturing scientists, process scientists, operations management, quality control, site supervision, manufacturing process engineering, validation, quality assurance, supply chain and procurement.

With such a broad spectrum within Biomanufacturing there is a constant need for dynamic and innovative individuals who can cope with the constant fine-tuning to reinvention of manufacturing processes.

If this appeals to you watch our short video on how to progress your career 

 

Or click here to view our biotech campaign page

 

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CK Science consultant attends REACH training

CK’s senior consultant Vicki Walker attended the “REACH, Time to Plan” conference held in Runcorn last week on 4th June 2014. The event was hosted by Chemicals North West of which CK is a member, at The Heath Business Park in conjunction with the RSC.

The conference attracted a range of company representatives from Compliance Managers, to Senior Chemists, to Heads of R&D. The speakers offered an overview of the requirements and regulations made necessary by the legislation in the way of presentations from ECHA and HSE amongst others, as well as insight into what effect the regulations are having on SMEs (as well as some larger organisations) and how they’ve handled it so far.

Of particular interest was a continued theme of ensuring that companies need to start planning now for the next deadline in 2018, which is also likely to have an impact on resource required and staffing numbers.

Key take-home messages from the conference included the following:

  • Ensure you are aware of the responsibilities of your business whether you are a supplier, a downstream user or an article manufacturer.
  • REACH affects importers and manufacturers in different ways, and knowledge of your supply chain is important for knowing where you stand (particularly whether this supply chain goes outside of the EU).
  • The rules surrounding monomer and polymer manufacturers can be grey – be alert to which materials you need to register.
  • Even if you, as a supplier, feel that one of your products may not be as important to your portfolio as some others – consider your customers who may rely on that one product for their business ventures.
  • Ensure you know the ‘sunset’ dates for any SVHC chemicals you may be using – and whether your use is included in the authorised uses. Use of these chemicals will not be permitted after the ‘sunset’ date and penalties are in place for those who do not comply. You must ensure that you have submitted an authorisation request by the ‘apply by’ date (18 months before the ‘sunset’ date) otherwise you will not be able to use the chemical.
  •  Start planning now
  1. REACH implementation is likely to be a costly process, including but not limited to: registration fees, authorisation fees, data sharing fees, communication fees, legal/ contract fees, consultant/ recruitment fees, etc.
  2. You may wish to consider being Lead Registrant within your consortium unless you prefer to ‘go it alone’.
  3. Start thinking about your resources and whether you wish to employ a consultant, or a full time member of staff to train up in the years to come.
  4. For those that use contract testing facilities to analyse their products, be mindful that labs will be getting booked up the closer we get to the deadline and that they may have already started receiving bookings.
  5. Be aware that REACH-experienced individuals are already in short supply and that this will be a continued trend as we get closer to 2018.

If you unable to attend the conference and would like further details please click here to contact Vicki Walker

 

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CK’s Biotech campaign: Progressing your career in Research and Development

As part of our biotechnology campaign we are reviewing a selection of careers that are available to you if you wish to progress a career in the biotech industry. Today we are looking at furthering a career in research and development.

With the aging population in the UK and global population rises, there’s an increasing need for new medicines, sustainable food sources and sustainable energy.  Research and Development is key to solving these problems, and biotechnology is at the forefront of this research, which means the number and variety of vacancies will increase.

So it’s a great time to be involved with the biotech industry, with loads going on, from new biologics drugs in the pipeline and start ups producing next-generation medical devices, to sustainable food production using tissue culture and fermentation.

Sarah Farrow has made a short video giving advice and tips on how to progress your career in the biotech industry.

Watch Sarah’s video here

We have also just launched a survey to gain a better understanding of where you are in your career and to establish how CK Science can improve their biotech recruitment. If you would like to help us, please complete our survey

Biotech Survey

 

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Lego to release female scientist characters

The Guardian has reported that due to popular demand Lego have approved new designs for female scientist, palaeontologist and astronomer characters from its Lego Ideas online competition.

Eileen Kooijman a geoscience researcher from Sweden designed the mini figures with an online tool and submitted her idea to the Lego Ideas forum. The campaign had a slow start but it gained 10,000 supporters in one week.

Lego has been criticised in the past for its gender stereotyping in particular over Lego Friends, featuring slim female figurines that lock into pastel-painted settings such as a beauty salon and bakery.

Lego’s new “Research Institute” set is on track to be released in August 2014, the company said.

 

Search our latest science jobs here

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REC Jobs Outlook May 2014

The latest jobs outlook report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation makes positive reading for the science and manufacturing industries. Some of the key points from the survey include:

  • Business confidence is up 16% on the same period in 2013
  • 80% of employers in the science sector will be looking to increase their permanent headcount over the next year
  • 50% of employers in the sector will be looking to recruit additional contract staff
  • Smaller and medium sized businesses will recruit much quicker than larger organisations
  • Science, technology and engineering are three of the fastest growing areas in the UK economy

This continues the positive news that has been coming from employment reports in the science industries and can only be good news for employment growth and continued investment.

Click here if you would like more in depth information on this report contact Liam O’Connell, Operations Director at the CK Group

 

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CK Biotech campaign launches survey

CK Science have launched an industry survey today as part of their month long biotechnology campaign. The survey intends to identify where skilled individuals are located within the UK, the area of specialism and also highlights any potential skills gaps.

The survey, which is made up of just 14 short questions, is a direct result of the increased demand for biotechnology professionals from companies across the UK.

Complete our biotech survey here

 

CK Science launched the biotech campaign having recognised the need to support graduates and new entrants entering the industry during a period of high growth and demand, to ensure  they understand how the industry works, the various specialist careers available and how to build a long-lasting,  successful career in the industry.

Click here to visit our biotech campaign pages

 

 

 

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A multi-lingual Resourcer joins CK

This month Belen Usobiaga has joined the CK Group as a Resourcer focusing on European recruitment. Previously Belen worked with CK on a temporary basis helping develop the CK Engineers division.

As Belen is Spanish and speaks 7 languages, we know she will be of great benefit to our European recruitment team.

We wish Belen a successful and enjoyable career with the CK Group.

 

Meet the rest of our recruitment team here

 

 

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