CK awarded top supplier award

CK Group, the leading independent staffing and recruitment company is proud announce we have received the Gold Award for service excellence from Agile-1.  Directors Liam O’Connell and Lorna Crombie of CK Group accepted the award during Agile-1’s 2015 UK Supplier Excellence Summit, held on Thursday, 1 October at The Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London, England.

CK is currently working with Agile-1 on two major pharmaceutical projects, providing scientific, technical and clinical staff via the company’s brands CK Science, CK IT and CK Clinical. 

Operations Director Liam O’Connell said, “We are of course delighted to accept this award on behalf of all the CK staff and contractors concerned and would like to thank every single one of them for their valued contribution.”

To read this article in full click here

 

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Chemical careers survey winners are…

During the chemical careers campaign we ran at the start of the year we also hosted two surveys to understand the recruitment process for employers and candidates. These results have now been released, so if you would like to take a look, click here

For those that participated in our survey we also provided the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle, and we are pleased to announce the winners are:

From the employer survey: Mike Salmon who works in R&D for a leading cosmetic manufacturer

From the candidate survey: Daniel Trainor who works as a Product Testing Analyst in the North East

Congratulations from everyone at CK Science – we hope you enjoy your Amazon Kindles which are on their way to you!

If you would like to find out more about our chemical careers campaign click here

Or search our chemical jobs here

 

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CK hosting career workshop at CWJL

CK Science are exhibiting at the upcoming Chemistry World Jobs Live events that are being held in Manchester and London this November. However they are taking their industry expertise on step further, for the first time ever and will be hosting a workshop at the London event!

Taking place on 25th November our workshop will focus on ‘how to build a career in the chemical industry’ and will feature a panel of 6 distinguished chemical professionals who will guide you through their own experiences, give advice and answer your career related questions.

However if you are unable to attend the London event and would still like to be part of and participate in our workshop, then register here to watch it as a live streamed webinar.

 Find out more about Chemistry World Jobs Live:

 

18th November – Manchester

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester M1 4PH  Register here

25th November – London

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA  Register here

 

The events, which are free to attend, will include opportunities to:

  • Meet with a selection of employers
  • Discover a huge range of career opportunities
  • Participate in round table discussions and workshops
  • If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, you will also have the opportunity to have a 1-2-1 CV Clinic with one of the RSC careers specialists (limited spaces apply).

This event is ideal if you are:

  • Looking for your first chemistry job
  • Seeking a new challenge …
  • Dealing with redundancy
  • Exploring the idea of a career change

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 28th September 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 28th September 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 594 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 512 permanent roles
  • 82 temporary or contract roles

This week science jobs have maintained their numbers, with just a small fluctuation between permanent and contract jobs.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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 – 21st September 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 21st September 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 594 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 523 permanent roles
  • 71 temporary or contract roles

There has been a small decrease in numbers in the past week, however comparative to previous weeks, however this could just be a minor glitch following a few weeks of growth.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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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And the winner of our QA survey is…

Following the release of the QA market research results we ran during 2014/2015 we are please to announce the winner of our prize draw.

Congratulations to Takmeel Sohail from Manchester who is the winner of an Amazon Kindle. Takmeel, who has worked in various QA roles, is currently working as a Chemist for an independent, technology-based, public biochemicals company working with the pharma and biotech industry.

The research was to explore the sector, the motivations of professionals working in the sector and explore what employers can do to attract people with these sought after skill sets. The results were recently released and make for interesting reading, so if you are wanting to find out more click here

If you are a QA professional who is looking for a new science job click here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 14th September 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 7th September 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 634 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 553 permanent roles
  • 81 temporary or contract roles

This week’s figures have continued to increase with another 125 jobs being posted since our last report. The greatest leap has been in contract roles which have grown by 55%, and whilst permanent jobs have not increased at the same pace, there has still been a 21% growth. All positive news for Analytical Chemist job seekers!

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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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QA recruitment in the UK – research results

Over the past several years the CK Group has found the recruitment of Quality professionals more challenging than it has been historically. As a result we decided to undertake a UK wide survey of those currently working in the sector to build an accurate picture of the recruitment landscape within QA. This investigation has returned some unexpected results which has given us an accurate and focussed view of the sector as a whole and what those working in it require to change position.

Our investigation found that most people working within QA fall into either the 10 years+ experience or below 2 years of experience which has created a gulf of experience in the mid to senior level bracket. We have hypothesised that this is due to the market slump in 2008 – 2010 where those that were in mid to senior level roles have now progressed in to senior roles but as there were fewer candidates entering the industry we are now faced with this anomaly. This we believe, is why recruiting for people at this level has become such a challenge and from the rest of our findings is why companies have to seriously look at what they are offering to secure people in this part of the market

As expected, we found that most QA people are currently working within the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. However we also found a marked increase of positions within the Biotech sector. Biotech has grown substantially over the past few years and as it moves into more of a commercial phase the requirement for QA professionals will continue to grow. We believe there will be an increase of QA roles in this area in the coming years and it is a real area of interest for QA professionals..

In regards to the type of contract that QA people prefer there is an 80 / 20 split of permanent / temporary workers in the market currently. Interestingly, 80% of people stated that they will be looking for a new job within the next 2 years with most preferring a permanent contract. We found this proportion of people to be looking for a new role quite surprising considering the lack of movement at the moment. This could be a result of those in more junior positions currently, looking to move in to mid/senior level positions or a result of the economic growth in general. Either way this does mean that the permanent market will become stronger as we move forwards but as the rest of our findings will show, there are a number of key factors that the QA professional is looking at before they will consider making a move.

One of these key factors is location. Only 30% of people would definitely consider relocating for a role with 25% of people saying they may consider relocation. This means 45% of QA people are not willing to consider relocating under any circumstances. The good news is that there is a relatively even spread of QA people across the UK but with a noticeable higher number of people based in the South East, North West and  North East finding the very best candidate could be more difficult depending on location.

The other key factors are remuneration, status and security.

Nearly 50% of people said they would require a higher salary and a better benefits package to consider a move. This group also said they would only move to what they would perceive to be a “better company”.

Job security and progression/development opportunities scored very highly on key requirements which wasn’t surprising but what was a surprise was the large number of people that stated flexible hours to be a key factor when looking at a new position.

In summary, the market is currently made up of highly experienced and relatively inexperienced people leaving a gap of hard to find mid-level candidates.

Most people are only looking at positions based locally to them with a slight preference for roles based in London, the South East and the Midlands.

In order for our clients to secure the best QA people at any level but especially in the hard to find mid level sector, they are going to have to offer a stronger overall package than their competitors including  salary, benefits, progression/development opportunities, job security and working hours. We know that there will be more people in the market in the coming years but for now if you want the very best available it will come at a premium.

To view our results in more detail click here:

QA_infographic link

If you are a QA professional who is considering a career move click here to contact us for a confidential discussion

 

Or click here to search our QA jobs

 

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Chemical Careers survey results

At the start of 2015 we launched a campaign to highlight the chemical industry as sector that provides interesting and dynamic careers, and to educate those already working within the industry that there were vast opportunities for progression and diversification using their existing skills.

The campaign was a great success and we received support from industry bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry, NEPIC and the Chemical Industry Association, not to mention Universities and 6th Form Colleges across the country.

During the course of the campaign we promoted the industry using a variety of different media ranging from posters, banner advertisements, social media advertising, direct mail and PR activity, not to mention our dedicated website which hosted information about available careers, careers advice videos, a history of the sector and case studies from employers and industry professionals. In addition to all this activity we ran some market research for both employers and people within or entering the industry to see how they viewed the industry and see if those opinions correlated or differed massive. Click on the image below to view our results:

The chemical careers campaign may have drawn a close by the commitment to educating then industry on jobs and recruitment continues in November when we are hosting a workshop and webinar at the RSC’s Chemical World Jobs Live event in London. To find out more click here

Should you want to discuss the results of this campaign or find out more about it please contact our Marketing Manager on 01246 457700 or email gwhittle@ckagroup.co.uk

Or click here to search our current chemical vacancies

 

 

 

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CK sponsors SymBLS event for postgrad students

CK Science is sponsoring and exhibiting at the upcoming one-day Symposium for Biological and Life Science Students (SymBLS) event for postgraduate students studying at the University of Cambridge and its affiliated institutes.

Taking place on 6th November at St John’s College, Cambridge, this event aims to bring together students and renowned keynote speakers to explore trending topics within the field of life sciences. This year they will be addressing the question ‘does high quality research speak for itself?’ covering themes such as the public perception of science; effective science communication; the rise of pseudoscience; and the acceptance of new controversial scientific ideas.

The program consists of keynote talks (view the keynote speakers here), panel discussions, student short talks, student poster presentation sessions and a scientific image competition. The SymBLS event provides students with the opportunity to present their research, debate current topics and issues, and to develop their network of contacts.

For more information on this event click here

 

 

Or for more information on how CK Science can help you click here

 

 

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CK Science are exhibiting at the 2015 RQA Annual Conference

Taking place at the Queens Hotel in Leeds during the 11-13th November this year’s conference theme is: ‘Smart Quality a fresh perspective’.

The theme recognises the increasing demands made on QA professionals to work with greater effectiveness and efficiency using the tools and resources available to them. This year’s conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to obtain tips and techniques to enable more effective and efficient working through discussion topics such as:

  • Efficiency – need to work effectively and efficiently
  • Simplification – are we over thinking/applying regulations?
  • More with less – QA asked to achieve more with fewer tools/less resource/greater scope of responsibility/areas of work
  • Learning from each other – what is being used in one GxP can probably be applied to others easily

During the 3 day event QA professionals will be able to participate in plenary and parallel sessions, clinics, workshops as well as networking opportunities.

Recruiters Jason Johal from CK Science and Jim Gleeson from CK Clinical will also be there to provide you with advice and guidance on taking the next steps in your career.

If you would like contact Jason to arrange a confidential chat about your scientific QA career click here

If you would like to arrange a confidential chat with Jim Gleeson about your clinical QA career click here

 

Or search our current QA vacancies here

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 31st August 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 31st 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 509 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 457 permanent roles
  • 52 temporary or contract roles

This week’s figures highlight the impact the changing market place during the summer holidays with a growth in permanent jobs and decline in temporary contracts. At its lowest in early August only 340 permanent roles were being advertised, and this week this has grown to 457. Whereas, during this same period there were 107 contract roles advertised, and this has now dropped to just 52 this week.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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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New CK Group Company Page on LinkedIn

We are pleased to announce that we have launched a new CK Group company page on LinkedIn. This new portal is to enable us host two way communications with our clients and candidates within a media they are already using.

Having recognised that many of our clients and candidates cross between our divisions we aimed to improve and streamline our customer interactions. Our first solution was to create this new one stop solution where you can obtain news, corporate updates and job details for CK Science, CK Clinical, CK IT and CK Engineers to replace the individual pages and groups we currently host.

With over 24 years in staffing and outsourcing in the science and technology industries we rely upon the great relationships we have formed with leading global organisations as well as SME’s across the UK and Europe. These relationships are key to us so we are always looking for ways to improve our communications and customer service. We believe this new page is the perfect addition.

To view our new page and follow us, click here

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 17th August 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 17th 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 500 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 424 permanent roles
  • 76 temporary or contract roles

Following last weeks dip there has been a small recovery in the Analytical Chemistry jobs market, this could be a direct reaction to more entry level candidates being around and clients timing their jobs to coincide with this time of year. It is positive to see a growth in the market place during this typically quiet time. However, in comparison to 2014 there has actually be a 12% decline which is interesting considering the overall buoyancy of the UK’s commerce.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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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Student wins award for Industrial Placement

On Thursday 13th August CK Science were honoured to award Vithusa Varnakulasingam from University of Sunderland for being the best performing student at her Industrial Placement in 2014.  As sponsors of the award, we were pleased to be able to present and award Vithusa’s achievements with a certificate and cheque.

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Vithusa worked as an Analytical Chemist for Covance in Harrogate for 13 months, extended due to the value she added to the department, Vithusa excelled due to her love of lab work.

Praising her course, she said “The course at University of Sunderland has been perfect for me as it has given me broad science training, and the volume of lab work available gave me skills and knowledge which I was able to apply during my placement. This alongside the support given by the faculty, and the interview and cv training supplied by Barney at CK Science, has given all of us on the course the very best head start to either find our first job, or continue academically.”

Vithusa has a bright future ahead having graduated with a 1st Class degree and further awards for best student over the entire course programme / best final year analysis; she plans to do an MSc or PhD in either drug chemistry or biopharmaceutical formulations.

CK Science have been supporters of University of Sunderland  for many years, having recognised their ability to teach young people industry relevant skills and provide the UK recruitment market with employable graduates. Their commitment to the Industrial Placement Programme ensures they maintain strong links with industry, giving them insight to future skills requirements. This dedication supports the university’s overall aim to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university to students across the world.

If you have just graduated and are looking for a job click here to contact us

Or if you are interested in a qualification with pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical click here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 10th August 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 10th 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 409 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 340 permanent roles
  • 69 temporary or contract roles

There has been a 40% decrease in the number of Analytical Science jobs in the past week which is a phenomenal drop and taking the total number of jobs down to an all time low. The decline has affected both permanent and contract roles, bring them both down to their lowest figure of the year so far. With it being peak season for holidays we are hopefully these are only a seasonal glitch but this will be verified next week when we expect to see the same trend continue.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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 – 3rd August 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 3rd 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 683 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 576 permanent roles
  • 107 temporary or contract roles

Analytical Chemistry jobs have grown in the past week, and are now closer to figures last seen a month ago. These are positive signs for graduates who will be looking for their first job, and certainly reflects the volume of Analytical Chemistry jobs CK Science are working on.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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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CK to host webinar at Chemistry World Jobs Live Event

CK Science are hosting a webinar and workshop at the Chemistry World Jobs Live London event with the Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House.

The webinar will be themed “how to build a career in the chemical industry”, covering how to begin your career through to how to progress your career at a senior level and every stage in between.

Whether you are a graduate or a very experienced industry professional this workshop has something to offer you.  There will be an exciting panel of 6 well known industry experts working for leading chemical organisations who will talk you through their own experiences, answer your questions and provide valuable information.

The conference will be held at 11 am on the 25th of November and if you are unable to attend in person the event will be available to participate in online. There will also be a post event video available the CK website.

Register to attend the event in London here

Register to attend the webinar here

 

Find out who the first speaker to be released on the panel is here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 27th July 2015

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 it 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 science job 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 27th 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 622 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 528 permanent roles
  • 94 temporary or contract roles

Analytical Chemistry jobs maintained over the past week with only a small fluctuation between permanent and contract roles. Permanent roles have grown from 517 to 528, whereas contact roles have fallen from 106 to 94. With the vast majority of schools have closed for the summer in the UK now, we foresee these figures switching around again in the next few weeks.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job 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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