REC supports bid for international STEM students

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has published a report on International STEM students which has included recommendations made by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Recommendations made by the REC were based on evidence they had collected which highlighted the struggle to fill key, in-demand STEM positions across the UK, traditional filled by international candidates.  The change in international student VISA’s has seen far fewer applicants for specialist STEM positions resulting in vital skills gaps. The desperate need for a wider pool of talent to ensure UK businesses can continue to forge ahead formed the basis of the REC’s recent advice to the House of Lords.

The recommendations, which included the reinstatement of the Post Study Route, are being considered so the struggle to fill specialist STEM jobs may soon be over.

Contact CK to discus your recruitment needs


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What is Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)?

Over the past couple of weeks we have been giving you an overview of what outsourcing is and introducing one of the core services offered through outsourcing – Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO).

To catch up on those articles click on the relevant links below:

This week we are looking at Recruitment Process Outsourcing which is the other main outsourcing solution offered by CK Aspire.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing is more in depth than our FSO service as it involves outsourcing all or part of your Human Resource function to an external specialist. This is usually a solution companies adopt if they are experiencing issues such as:

  • More vacancies than they can manage
  • A recruitment process that takes too long
  • A cost per hire that is too high

CK Aspire can take on part or all of your recruitment process so that your business can continue to perform, and your staffing concerns are taken care of.

This flexible solution offered by CK Aspire can help you regardless of the size of your business. So if your business is currently experiencing recruitment challenges contact CK Aspire on 01438 743 047 or

Or click here to visit the CK Aspire website


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Are you looking for a QA job?

If so contact CK Science today! We currently have a number of junior and senior level QA roles based in London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, such as:

  • QA Officers
  • QA Execs
  • QA Managers
  • QA Auditors
  • QA Validation experts
  • Qualified Person (QP)

So if you have experience in QA area and some of the following skills:

  • Batch review
  • CAPA
  • Continuous improvement
  • Auditing
  • ISO: 9001
  • ISO: 13485
  • ISO 17025
  • RCA:
  • Medical Device Directive MDD
  • In Vitro diagnostics directive IVDD
  • MHRA
  • FDA
  • UKAS
  • IQ, OQ, PQ
  • GMP, GLP
  • CMC
  • IMP
  • Specials

WIth a background in either pharma, biotech, chemical or med devices/diagnostics then call us on 01438 723 500 or click here to search our QA jobs


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Congratulations Sarah!

CK Science would like to offer Sarah Johnson their congratulations after she got married recently.

Based in our Durham office, Sarah has now changed her name to Sarah Farrow to reflect her new married status.  Should you want to contact Sarah, email her on

Or click here to visit her meet the team page


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What is Functional Service Outsourcing?

In our article last week we gave you a brief overview of workforce outsourcing – click here to read

This week we are giving you an introduction into Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO), one of the services our CK Aspire division offers as part of its outsourcing offer.

FSO is the Outsourcing or Management of a team or departments or function to a third party leaving you free to concentrate on your core business.  How we do that is up to you, as we are 100% flexible but we do also offer 3 core service options, which are:

  1. Insourcing –  we provide you with temporary support to complement your existing workforce.
  2. Strategic Partnering – we work alongside you on a specific project. Should you need to outsource an entire project, we would work alongside you to identify the skills required, and then build and manage the team to deliver your project. This team would work to your SOPs, within your budget and also give you real time access to results.
  3. Functional outsourcing –  we supply you with an entire department or function, leaving you free to concentrate on the core area of your business.

One of the core benefits of our Functional Service Outsourcing solutions is that in providing you with a team of dedicated professionals to aid you in your innovations, we also manage all elements of the HR process including recruiting, screening, contracts, payments and annual reviews.

Please click here to find out more about CK Aspire’s Functional Service Outsourcing solution


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Rosy outlook for science jobs

The results of the latest employer “Jobs Outlook” published by REC are in and they make very positive reading for job seekers within the scientific fields. The report is published following a survey of over 400 employers throughout the UK and some of the interesting results include:

  • Nearly half of all employers (48%) plan to increase the use of contract employees in the short term (3 -6 months)
  • More than 75% of all employers expect to recruit additional permanent staff in the medium term (within 1 year)
  • Only 9% of UK hirers have spare capacity to take on more work with their current staffing levels
  •  More than 1 in 4 employers state that they will give their staff a pay rise this year

This positive news is reflected across CK Science where we have seen a 10.3% rise in the number of vacancies registered in the first ¼ of 2014.

If you are interested in attaining additional information on the results of this report or are actively seeking a new role contact CK Science  


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Last chance, take part in our waste industry survey

This week is the last chance you will have to complete our waste industry survey and have the chance to win an Amazon Kindle.

We are conducting this survey to gain a better understanding of the waste industry on order to improve the quality of service we offer to our candidates and clients. Our aim is to find you the right job, with the right company, in the right location, and at the right salary.

If you do complete  our survey then we will enter you in to our free prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle.

This survey will close on the 11th of April.


Complete the survey here


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Have you heard about outsourcing?

Outsourcing has evolved and is now fairly commonplace in the industry, especially now there are examples of successful projects being showcased. However, we are still often asked what it is.

The action of outsourcing is to get an external company to provide you with workforce solutions to cover small teams, projects, departments and whole functions. Many companies now choose to outsource so they can benefit from the cost and time efficiencies, increased productivity and flexibility of their new workforce.

The CK Group offers a workforce outsourcing solution through their CK Aspire division, which delivers high quality workforce support to the science, technology and pharmaceutical market by providing external departmental or bespoke project management services for customers.

These labour solutions are offered through two separate services: Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).

Next week on the news area of the CK Science website we will give more information about Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO).


In the meantime find out more about outsourcing here


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Do you know about our refer a friend scheme?

We have been operating a refer a friend scheme for quite a few years now and many candidates have benefited from it.

This scheme is really very simple, it rewards you with a £50 Amazon gift voucher if you refer a friend or colleague to CK Science and we successfully find them work.

If you have friends or colleagues that are currently looking for work and are not working with CK Science, refer them to us and we will do the rest.


Find out more about the scheme here



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CK Science launch mobile website

CK Science has launched two new features to their website that aims to enhance the user experience and simplify the job application process regardless of your device, these are:

  1. an interactive, new mobile website with functionality that takes mobile job searching one step further
  2. the new ‘email a job’ function which adds another level of usability to job seekers

The mobile site provides the ultimate job-hunting-on-the-move experience by accepting job applications from registered CK+ users. It also gives access to many of the desktop site features, including job searching, news updates, access to your CK+ account and even our range of videos.

The new ‘email a job’ feature has been tailor-made to personalise the job hunting process for mobile device users. Designed with simplicity in mind, it enables candidates to send jobs of interest to their email account so they can apply later. The email a job function is also available on the mobile site so whether you are registered as a CK+ member or not, you do not have to miss out on the perfect job.

CK Science is committed to continually developing the website to ensure our candidates get the best user experience. Keep an eye open for further developments throughout 2014.

Join us on our LinkedIn page to give us feedback on our new website


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Can you complete our waste industry survey?

We are currently conducting a waste industry survey to find out a bit more about the waste and environmental sectors. The information gained from this survey will help us to find you the best jobs at the best companies for the best salaries.

If you do complete  our survey then we will enter you in to our free prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle.


Complete the survey here



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Experienced Recruiter gives CV advice tips

Barney Smith has been recruiting specialist candidates for scientific jobs for over 10 years, for all sorts of companies from leading global organisations to new start up enterprises.

Using the experience he has gained during the last 10 years as to what to do and not to do on a CV,  he has made a short video that gives CV advice tips in order to help candidates create a CV which will attract the attention of employers.


Watch Barneys video below:



Watch our other advice videos her in the career zone 




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Resourcer attends first client visit

Emily Major, Resourcer for CK Science’s Stevenage team, attended her visit client visit last week.

Accompanied by Senior Consultant, Andy Bolton, Emily went to visit chemical manufacturer Huntsman to tour their Manufacturing Plant. To comply with H&S both Andy and Emily were supplied with the relevant attire, however Emily showed her small stature when their smallest size swamped her.

As part of our client relationship management, CK Science consultants arrange frequent visits to sites to ensure they are fully comprehend how the businesses operates, the market it operates in, plans for the forthcoming year and any recruitment requirements they have. These visits are considered essential as it enables CK Science consultants to recognise the specific skills or personality types that would fit each individual business.

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For more information on how CK Science can help you with your recruitment needs click here


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Strongest Rise In Permanent Vacancies Since 2010

The latest KPPG/REC report on jobs has highlighted a number of very interesting changes in the labour market. We are continuing to see very strong growth in the number of permanent vacancies within the scientific and engineering sector with the demand for engineers increasing dramatically and these two areas growing at a faster rate than most other industrial sectors.  The growth in these is the second strongest since the information was first collated in 1997, and interestingly most growth has been in the North of the UK with London and the South East being weakest.

There has also been increased demand for temporary staff in the scientific and engineering fields but at much lower levels than the permanent side. This reflects the increased confidence within the science and manufacturing sectors as a whole with companies now preferring to invest on staff, rather that taking them on a short term basis.

The knock on effect of this growth in demand is starting to have an effect both in terms of candidate availability, which is diminishing, and salary inflation, as we are starting to see some pressure on salaries and hourly rates, and we expect this to continue over the next few months. However it is worth  noting that the level of salary/rate increase is still below the national inflation rate.

Overall this is very positive news for our sectors and we are starting to see a broader range of roles, with much of the growth in the permanent sector.

Click here to view our permanent vacancies


Or click here to contact us and discuss how we can help you with your permanent recruitment


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Have you seen our new waste industry LinkedIn group?

If you work within the waste and environmental industries then you will really like our new group: CK Waste and Environmental Jobs.

This group is completely devoted to jobs in the environmental and waste industries, it is updated regularly with our latest jobs, industry and CK news.

We aim to update this group as soon as a new job comes in, this means that our group members get to know about our specialist jobs before anyone else.


Join this new group here




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CK Recruiter Supports Students at Sheffield Hallam University

Alex Tosney, a recruitment consultant based at our head office in Chesterfield, was invited to participate in a careers event with students at Sheffield Hallam University last week. Speaking to 2nd and 3rd year students who were either in the process of either embarking or completing their work placements, gave Alex the opportunity to discuss three core subjects:

  1. Career opportunities available
  2. Considering a career in scientific sales
  3. How to get the most out of your recruitment agency

With between 70-80 students attending the lecture, Alex took the time to discuss the key areas that really concerned students at this stage of their education; such as how to write a CV, how to make your cv stand out on job boards and what they can do to find work post graduation.

If you are a graduating soon and are looking for help on finding a job or writing a CV take a look at our Careers Zone where there are lots of tips and techniques to help.


Click here to visit the CK Science Career Zone

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Are you a professional in the waste industry?

We are currently performing some market research to gain a better understand of the job market in the waste and environmental industry and need your help.  If you click on the link below, and complete our survey you can enter yourself into a prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle.

Industry survey

By completing our survey you will enable us to review the volume of jobs and candidates so we can improve the quality of service we offer to our candidates and clients. We aim to find you the right job, with the right company, in the right location, and at the right salary but we’ll need your help first.

We value your help and opinions which is why we are giving away an Amazon Kindle, via our prize draw, to say thank you.

Complete our survey

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New CK Aspire website launched

CK Group has launched a new, fully functional website for their CK Aspire division. CK Aspire was established in 2010 as Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Flexible Service Outsourcing (FSO) solution for the clinical and science based industries.

In response to a recent increase in demand for their flexible labour solution, CK Aspire have upgraded their client-facing website to reflect their refreshed branding and to add working examples of their FSO and RPO offer in practice. The new website now has practical guidance on how outsourcing projects or departments through CK Aspire can help clients operate within deadlines and budgets whilst maintaining quality control.

To find out if CK Aspire could help you click here

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Development Chemist – Nottingham

CK Science is recruiting for a Development Chemist to join an inks manufacturing company based in Nottinghamshire.

The main purpose of this role will be to develop the company’s range of both water-based and solvent-based inks.

To be considered for this role you will need to have experience in the formulation of screen inks and screen printable heat-adhesives.


Find out more and apply here

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CK Group a top SME in Derbyshire

CK Group is one of North Derbyshire’s top 50 SME’s according to research undertaken by Barber Harrison & Platt (BHP), a local chartered accountants. Contributing to an annual turnover of £633 million and the employment of nearly 4300 people, CK Group is proud to have become a central part of the economic growth of the region.

With three regional offices across the UK, CK Group are the owners of three recruitment brands – CK Science, CK Clinical and CK IT which specialise in the recruitment of scientific, pharmaceutical and technical roles across the UK and Europe.

CK Group has big plans in place for 2014, including responding to global recruitment demands, establishing our position as a leader in workforce outsourcing solutions and launching a new, dedicated Engineering division.

For more information on CK Group click here

To get in touch to discuss your recruitment needs click here



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