Liam chairs REC’s life science meeting

Director and co-founder of the CK Group Liam O’Connell and also Chair of REC’s Life Sciences Executive Committee chaired  the REC’s Life Science meeting.

The REC’s Life Sciences Sector Group met on Thursday the 12th of March at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s sumptuous Burlington House. A total of 35 attendees, claiming literally every seat in the house, discussed the question of ‘third party scientific recruiters: friend or foe?

The event had representatives from Kellys OCG, Fieldglass, Volt and Chemistry World among others arguing their causes.

Here is a short summary of the meeting;

Thorsten Koletschka, Global Talent Strategist for Kelly OCG strongly argued that third party recruiters are recruiters’ friends not foes, stressing recruiters and RPOs can work together as partners. He gave three recommendations for success when working with an RPO or MSP:

  1. Define your unique position within the talent supply chain
  2. Make strategic investments in relationships with your third parties
  3. Know what a high-performing programme looks like and avoid those that will not work for you.

Claire Bubb, Programme Manager at Volt Consulting Group, also argued that recruiters and third parties can work together, discussing in detail Volt’s experiences as a Managed Service Provider for Pfizer. This relationship has been highly successful, with 100% of hiring managers at Pfizer happy with their services and 97% considering it fast and efficient.

Mikael Lindmark, Vice President at Fieldglass, discussed their services and the growing demand for internal oversight and control of recruitment processes. He also examined the changing demographic and technological trends impacting on recruitment, pointing out that non-payroll labour is now the largest spending category for many companies, totalling $3.3 trillion annually.

Following the presentations there was a panel discussion and questions from attending members. The key take away message from the session was that third party scientific recruiters are now an established part of supply chains for large companies and recruiters must learn to work with them.

Adam Brownsell, Editor of Chemistry World spoke on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry, focusing on the recruitment channels offered by the magazine.

Lastly, Kevin Green, CEO of the REC gave a brief update on the REC’s Scale Up Live Campaign, which helps members to grow their business, and the REC’s manifesto for the 2015 Election


This meeting was very productive and each member took away new and interesting thoughts. The event would not have been possible without the efforts of the Life Sciences Executive Committee and in particular the chair, Liam O’Connell.


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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.

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Fastest rise in job vacancies since May 1998

The latest REC/KPMG “Report on Jobs” for January 2014 has just been published. This monthly report provides the most up to date picture of recruitment, employment, staff availability and employee salary trends available.

The January report highlights the continued growth in both permanent and temporary appointments with the fastest rise in job vacancies since May 1998. Salaries for permanent staff have continued to rise over the last 12 months, while the availability of candidates particularly in the highly skilled sectors continues to fall.

The overall growth in the demand for permanent staff has been strongest in the private sector which is no surprise as the government cutbacks continue to bite, and there has been particularly strong growth in the engineering, scientific and technical sectors where demand for staff has increased dramatically compared to January 2013. There has also been an upsurge in the number of vacancies within the senior staff/managerial levels which has led in turn to increased salary pressure. This growth in demand reflects the continued upturn in the UK economy.

There has also been strong growth in demand  in the engineering and scientific fields for temporary/contract staff, which while not matching the growth in demand for permanent staff highlights companies need for staff in the short term.

The growth in the permanent recruitment area reflects the continuing confidence within the chemical, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries that we are over the worst and organisations within these sectors are starting to invest in staff, plant and R & D. However there is a potential cloud on the horizon, with increased pay pressure and skill shortages becoming a concern.

Overall, it has to be said that the pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences industries are projecting a very positive outlook in terms of growth and demand for staff.

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REC Reveals Ways to Fill Skilled Work Vacancies

Operations Director Liam O’Connell has recently attended an REC Skills Summit in London, which was intended to explain the disconnect between those out of work and the vacancies in many areas that could be filled.

The Summit brought together many from across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, engineering and technology, so as to try to address the issues facing them. It is clear from these discussions that there is a significant skills gap, with many employers predicting these issues to continue for the near future.

To combat these problems, the REC have come up with a variety of methods, from investments in skills training by businesses, to apprenticeships created thanks to government policy. The apprenticeship policy seems as though it would be most effective, as around a quarter of employers said that they did not hire young people due to lack of skills or experience. It is necessary to train these young people in order to ensure that the skills are there in the future, rather than seeing the gap widen further.

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London Life Sciences Gets Boost

London’s life sciences industry received a boost as a US company invested £750,000 into a healthcare accelerator fund, reports the Evening Standard.

The US investment firm, Sandbox Industries, launched Healthbox, to give 10 entrepreneurs £75,000 and links to healthcare professionals, investors, retailers, office space and links to the NHS. The enterprise is backed by Bupa and Serco, which runs blood testing laboratories, with mentors coming from across the healthcare professions.

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£250m new funding for life sciences

As reported by the EuroBiotechNews,  approximately £250 million of new funding will go into life sciences across the country, a Government minister has announced.

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced that £250M has been allocated for the first phase of several five year strategic investment programmes. This includes 26 strategic science programmes and 14 key national research capabilities, to be delivered by eight of the UK’s world-leading bioscience research institutes and their university partners. The process will be led by Britain’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts told MPs during Commons Business questions on Thursday that the investment was a “commitment” to Britain’s bioscience research base. Willetts also said: “This investment will sustain excellent science at some of the UK’s leading institutes and universities. This will drive growth, support highly skilled jobs and keep the UK at the very forefront of bioscience, with benefits ranging from healthcare to energy and global food security.”

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BioCity Scotland Announces BioEntrepreneur Boot Camp

BioCity Nottingham news reported that BioCity Scotland announced its first Bio Entrepreneur Boot Camp. This will be a three-day intensive business development program designed to prepare scientists to be their own boss.

The program is designed for anyone thinking of starting a life sciences company or in the early stage of company development. It will be delivered by business professionals, many of whom have run their own firms or advise small companies. Delegates will work on practical exercises and case studies; enjoy lively discussion and networking, and will benefit from one-to-one mentoring. Topics to be covered include market research, financial planning, business law, intellectual property, leadership and promotion. The individual sessions build towards a friendly ‘Dragons Den’ style competitive pitch to a panel of industry experts on the final day.

The course will take place over 3 days from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th April, and is sponsored by North Lanarkshire Council.

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The Princess Royal performs official naming ceremony of Sir James Black Building at BioCity Scotland

BioCity Scotland released a statement reporting that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal performed the official naming ceremony of the Sir James Black building at BioCity Scotland today.

Her Royal Highness toured the recently-opened BioCity Scotland life sciences complex at Newhouse, meeting tenant companies and hearing about the plans and vision for the site from BioCity Group CEO Dr Glenn Crocker. She would then be invited to unveil a plaque naming the Chemistry building the ‘Sir James Black’ Building.

Sir James Black OM FRS FRSE FRCP is famed as one of the great Scottish scientists of the 20th Century. He was a Lanarkshire-born pharmacologist who spent his career both as an industrial researcher and as an academic at several universities. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for work leading to the development of Propranolol, a beta-blocker used in the treatment for heart disease, and Cimetidine, a drug used to treat stomach ulcers.

This special occasion comes just six weeks after the launch of BioCity Scotland, a joint venture between BioCity Nottingham and Roslin BioCentre. With over 130,000 sq ft of purpose-built laboratories and offices on the 23 acre site, new and growing life science companies now have a central base on the M8 capable of supporting pre-clinical drug discovery and development.

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Life Science Jobs Created at the University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen, Life Sciences Jobs, UK, ScotlandAs announced by First Minister Alex Salmond, the University of Aberdeen is to receive £2.6m of funding which is set to create dozens of life science jobs in Aberdeen.

The money will come from the European Regional Development Fund and will be used to fund a new life sciences business project. This project is set to create 69 life science jobs in Aberdeen.

The funding is part of a £9.3m imitative across Scotland which is expected to create 740 jobs. Mr Salmond said: “Scotland continues to make an immense contribution to shaping the modern world through innovation and this £2.6m investment in the University of Aberdeen’s new £5.8m life science facility will support the area’s expanding life sciences industry.”

Prof Stephen Logan, senior vice-principal for the University of Aberdeen, said: “Funding for the building is further evidence of the region’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence for life sciences.”

Other universities that will receive funding will include Napier University in Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde.

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