The benefits of working and living in The Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is often overlooked as a potential location to seek employment, especially for those seeking employment within the UK. However, this EU country offers a number of excellent work opportunities and an active lifestyle, in addition to being located just a short ferry or plane ride from the UK. Here are just 10 of the many reasons to relocate Ireland and boost your career.

  1. Demonstrating your ability and willingness to work outside of your own country is encouraging for future employers. Travelling is often a necessary component of modern work and employers often seek staff that are able to demonstrate employment in a variety of locations.
  2.  Ireland is a democratic country situated within the EU. It is often associated with high cost of living; however, with the global economic downturn this cost of living has decreased somewhat.
  3.  Public healthcare in Ireland is funded by general taxes and can therefore be obtained without additional charges. For those who wish to avoid any waiting times private healthcare is also available.
  4.  The education system in Ireland is highly regarded worldwide and there are plenty of options for furthering your education or professional development at all levels.
  5.  Ireland is a friendly place, where speaking to a stranger is not a rare and unwanted occurrence. Irish people are polite, helpful and open to conversation. It has previously been suggested to be the friendliest country in the world by Lonely Planet.
  6.  Ireland is often misrepresented as an unsafe country in the media, whilst in actual fact it is one of the safest countries to live and work in, having been ranked as 12th in the 2016 Global Peace Index.
  7.  Ireland is a highly multicultural country with foreign nationals contributing to the countries economy and varied culture. In 2014 the percentage of non-Irish citizens living and working in Ireland was approximately 10%.
  8.  Ireland has a unique and traditional culture to be discovered and enjoyed. It wouldn’t be a trip to Ireland without listening to Irish folk music in a traditional pub while drinking a Guinness!
  9. Landscapes, landscapes, landscapes. Ireland is renowned for its stunning scenery with many breath-taking attractions to visit. These include the The Giants Causeway, Castles (visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone!), The Ring of Kerry, etc. You can hike, surf, climb, walk, cycle or just relax and take in all the stunning views this country has to offer.
  10.  Travelling to Europe is easy. Ireland has an excellent transport system including a number of airports that offer cheap and easy travel to a range of locations within Europe. Travel connections to Ireland from the UK are also readily available.

For more information about working in Ireland call 01246 457700

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Science job of the week: Research Scientist

This week our scientific job of the week is a Research Scientist. This role has been chosen because it is a brilliant opportunity to join a market leader in their field based in Lancashire. Other reasons this role has been chosen are because it is

  • a well known within their industry and offering a great benefits package including defined contribution pension scheme, 25 days holiday and a healthcare scheme – and an early finish on a Friday!
  • an opportunity for the successful candidate to work closely with the manufacturing and production department to apply their scientific and technical skills in order to initiate, plan and implement R&D projects aimed at introducing new products or processes
  • offering career progress as the employing company would like this person to have the potential to fulfil a future R&D Manager role, after moving into a Senior Scientist position

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Pharmaceutical job of the week: QA Specialist


This weeks’ pharmaceutical job of the week is a Quality Assurance Specialist  which is a great opportunity to work for one for the worlds most global and expanding pharmaceutical companies in Montrose. This role also offers:

  • the opportunity to join an organisation that is committed to taking on some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges
  • a 12 month contract (very likely to be extended)
  • a competitive hourly rate
  •  a chance to gain expert knowledge and enhance their skills within a very busy department

Apply here


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What is a Technical Expert?

We are currently recruiting for a range of Technical Expert positions. These roles are with a leading testing laboratory who are UKAS accredited at their site in Greater Manchester. So what does a Technical Expert do, and what skills are required?

Firstly, a Technical Expert is a leader in their field of analysis. These people will have built up a strong skill set in their chosen field throughout their career in industry, and will most likely have an established academic background to support their industry knowledge. Most Technical Experts will be at least degree qualified and may have studied to Masters and/ or PhD level.

Secondly, a Technical Expert will hold a senior position within a company and may be responsible for assisting with training and/ or leading junior staff members. They are accountable for providing specialist expertise in the development and validation of test methods as well as designing work programmes. This could be in collaboration with the Business Development team or direct with customers, to ensure their requirements are met. Technical Experts will then translate the newly designed workloads into the lab and will assist with problem solving.

The main aim of the Technical Expert will be to provide full analytical testing support for the products and/ or compounds in accordance with any required regulations (for example, cGMP, cGLP and cGCP) and may also have strict timelines and deadlines in which to successfully meet client milestones. As well as performing a variety of complex sample preparations, the Technical Expert will also perform said analysis procedures to quantitatively measure the products/ compounds in a variety of formulations. This could be for stability testing and other studies for analytical testing support. The ability to plan, schedule and carry out work for successful project completion is also required.

Typically, a successful Technical Expert will hold a number of skills and experiences relevant to their specialised analytical techniques and will be proficient in developing methods and validating the same. The positions that we are currently recruiting for have the following requirements:

  • Proven experience of devising work programmes and analytical strategies (as opposed to just implementing them)
  • Strong method development and validation experience
  • Comprehensive experience of working in a GxP regulatory laboratory
  • Degree qualified or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Considerable and demonstrable proven experience in the practical and theoretical aspects of specialised analytical technique
  • Proven experience in the supervision and coordination of analytical projects performed by junior staff in a regulatory environment
  • Good practical laboratory and problem solving skills
  • Strong communication skills, written & oral and strong attention to detail

For more information about these roles, please contact us on 01246 457700.

We are looking for Technical Experts with experience in the following techniques:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Biological Chromatography (HPLC, UPLC, MALLS)
  • Protein Chemistry – CE, CD, Western Blot
  • Quantitative LCMS
  • Chromatography (IC, HPLC, UPLC)
  • Assay Validation Specialist – chromatography

Alternatively, please follow the links below to review our current Technical Expert vacancies:

If these aren’t quite what you are looking for you can search our jobs HERE



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Is 2017 the year to change your scientific job?

With 2017 bring quite a turbulent year between the:

  • Unknown impact of Brexit
  • Changes in the Government
  • Uncertainty around the commitment to climate change
  • Developments in the  US

It is easy to imagine that it would be advisable to stay in your current role and wait to see what occurs. As a recruitment company, it is our responsibility to monitor and track up turns and down turns in recruitment so we can spot trends and advise our candidates and clients of their best course of action.

So what is the current situation? Click here to read our article in full

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Science job of the week: GLP Project Manager

This is an excellent opportunity to join an expanding company who have state-of-the-art, highly regulated laboratory facilities based in the UK, providing analytical services to customers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. This role has been chosen because

  • It is managing numerous projects at one time with varying project durations, this role would suit an experienced Project Manager who has also held positions such as Principal Investigator/ Study Director/ Responsible Scientist with extensive experience complying with GLP requirements
  • It offers benefits that include 25 days holiday, pension scheme, flexitime, promotional opportunities, cycle to work scheme, child care vouchers and more.

Apply for this role here

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Interview preparation tips for employers

As an employer preparing yourself and your surroundings before an interview is as vital as the preparation work you expect from the candidate. Why you ask? Well, if you have control of your environment, have decided on the interview format, have reviewed the interviewee’s CV’s and have planned your questions around them, then you are more likely to get the information you need and thereby speed up your decision making.

These are just some of the ways you can improve your interviewing success and speed up your recruitment process. If you would like to read more interview tips click here

This article is makes up our drug discovery and development spotlight which aims to support candidates and employers through infographics and a series of advisory articles.

To find out more click here


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CK Science’s job of the week: QC Shift Analyst

This week our science job of the week is a QC Shift Analyst which is an excellent opportunity to join a contract manufacturing and research organisation in Cramlington on a permanent basis. This role has been chosen because:

  • It is working for a leading pharmaceutical organisation at their state of the art facility
  • You will be responsible for providing an effective quality control and stability analysis service to both internal and external customers.
  • It has an attractive shift pattern of 2 days, 2 nights followed by 6 days off
  • It is offering a salary between £25,000 – £30,000


Find out more about this job here


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How do you recruit and retain staff?

How you recruit and retain staff successfully is a modern day enigma.  With candidates in short supply, wages being driven up and your skilled staff suddenly looking like they may take advantage of the situation to improve their own circumstances, its a constant struggle to keep your teams at full capacity. But what do you do? What is the best approach?

One of our CK consultant’s has written an article on the subject which provides an overview on the pharmaceutical industry, an analysis of the changes that have occurred over the last few years, how recruitment has adapted to reflect these changes and most importantly, how to retain the quality staff you have working for you.

To read this article in full click here

This article is our latest release from our drug discovery and development spotlight which aims to highlight everything the sector has to offer, from highlighting the variety of careers available to help attract new candidates, to an infographic on how to improve your recruitment processes, not to mention a series of articles aimed at supporting employers in the sector.  Take a look here


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Science job of the week: EU Business Development Manager

This week our science job of the week is an exciting new role for a EU Business Development Manager (BDM) to join a global contract development and manufacturing organisation based in Amargh, Northern Ireland on an permanent basis.  This role also offers:

  • The opportunity to work for an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to over 600 companies globally within the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
  • A home based working environment, a competitive salary in excess of £40k and excellent benefits (20% bonus, pension, healthcare, laptop, phone and more).
  • Responsibilities that include sales and market development of diagnostics partnership business to a sector of the EU pharma & biotech market.

Apply for this job here


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CV writing tips for pharmaceutical jobs

When applying for a new position your CV has to work hard on your behalf so making sure you pitch and present it correctly is vital. It is fighting for the attention of a Recruitment Consultant or HR Manager whilst competing with 100’s of other applications.

Your CV should sing your successes, showcase your strengths and demonstrate that you are the very best person for the job. This article has a step by step guide on how you can improve your CV to make sure it stands out from the rest. Click here to read the article in full

As part of our spotlight in the drug discovery and development sector we have created a series of advice articles to help you start, and develop your career.

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Science job of the week: Synthetic Chemist

This week we have a fantastic Synthetic Chemist role as our science job of the week.  It has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • An excellent opportunity within a respected global drug discovery organisation who is a leader in their field
  • A temporary 12 week position and a chance to gain valuable experience within a reputable company
  • It offers a flexible working location – Hertfordshire or Essex

For more on this job click here


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Have you considered a career in PV or Drug Safety?

Did you know its an option for you if you have a Life Science, Medical or Pharmacy degree? Well it is. In fact, careers in the clinical sector are easier to attain than most people with a traditional scientific qualification realised.

As part of our spotlight on the drug discovery and development sector we are looking at the range of careers available to those looking to build a career in the industry.

Working in Pharmacovigilance (PV) / Drug Safety focuses on the detection, evaluation, knowing and prevention of adverse effects (AE) of drugs.  You will also have a role in assessing the risk/benefit of products to ensure that they are safe to use. As such this is an important role in the drug lifecycle.

If you are interested in finding out more click here


Or click here to look at other careers available in drug discovery and development.


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Pharmaceutical job of the week: Quality Coordinator

This week our pharmaceutical job of the week is a Quality Coordinator which has been chosen because it is working for a multi national pharmaceutical organisation at their flag ship manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Barnard Castle. Other reasons it has been chosen is because:

  • You will working alongside a Qualified Person you will be responsible for providing an effective product release service for solid dose, liquids, topical and inhalation products.
  • It offers excellent industrial training and development opportunities.
  • It is an excellent opportunity to join a global top 10 pharmaceutical organisation at their manufacturing site
  • It provides a £15ph remuneration for a 6-12 month contract.

Click here to find out more


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The benefits of work experience

After spending years studying the field you plan to dedicate your career to, the last thing you expect is to graduate and then find getting that crucial first role incredibly challenging. Unfortunately that has become the reality for many graduates in the UK.

The key is to make yourself stand out from the other equally qualified candidates by recognising that many employers are seeking people with genuine industry experience and that is where work experience really benefits.

Our latest advice article tackles the benefits of work experience and how it can help you launch your career. Click here to read in full

As part of our Drug Discovery and Development spotlight we have produced a number of advice articles aimed at providing you with useful tips to help you kick start your career. If you would like to explore more of our advice articles click here



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A global pharmaceutical company is recruiting for a Stability Analyst

A global pharmaceutical company who are highly committed to researching, developing and manufacturing life changing drugs in the UK. They are currently recruiting for a Stability Analyst to join them at their site in Barnard Castle on a 6 -12 month contract. Benefits of this position include:

  • A fantastic opportunity to develop and receive industry lead training.
  • Joining a busy laboratory your main responsibility will be to perform stability studies on pharmaceutical samples using analytical methods, including HPLC.
  • It is a contract position paying between £11 – 17 per hour which is highly likely to develop into a long term position.

For more information on this position or to apply click here



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Are you considering a career in drug discovery and development?

CK recently launched a spotlight on the drug discovery and development sector to provide support and advice to people looking to build a career in the industry. The drug discovery and development industry offer a unique career opportunity in that you will be contributing towards medical care across the world.

As part of our spotlight we have conducted extensive research with professionals in this area, employers and qualified recruitment consultants to gather a greater understanding into how young professionals can move into the industry.

Our research, in conjunction with data from the Bridging the skills gap in the biopharmaceutical industry report issued by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, indicated that there are severe skills shortages and areas where qualified people are in high demand so there has never been a better time to consider a career in this area.

A full breakdown of our results has been compiled into an infographic which aims to provide top tips on how you can best build a career in drug discovery and development.

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Or click here to visit our spotlight page


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Are you searching for a new QC or Analyst role?

Here at CK we have noticed an influx of QC and analyst jobs from entry through to team leader level, with roles available across the whole of the UK.

With organisations from the pharmaceutical, chemical and testing industries all actively seeking new QC and analytical professionals, there has never been a better time to start searching for your next career opportunity.

Click here to view our list of current vacancies


Or click here to find out more about working in QC


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640,000 sciences jobs to be filled by 2023

The number of jobs in science, research, engineering and technology (STEM) will grow at double the rate of other careers, providing an additional 142,000 new jobs in the UK between now and 2023.

In a report by the Social Market Foundation and EDF, researchers estimate that a total of 640,000 STEM jobs will need to be filled over the next six years, with many of these jobs being new roles created within emerging industries.

As the world frets about the threat to jobs caused by robotics and the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the report is upbeat about the prospect of new jobs being created by sectors including construction, specialised construction, retail and head office positions.

The financial services sector, the legal profession and public relations agencies are also expected to require an increasing number of workers with skills in research, technology and engineering.

The report also noted the continuing disparity between the number of women in STEM professions, and their male counterparts. Only 19 per cent of STEM jobs are currently filled by women, while 36 per cent of women are graduating in science subjects, compared with 46 per cent of men. This is despite girls continuing to outperform boys in science subjects at school, averaging 74 per cent A-C versus 69 per cent A-C for boys.

Although there is strong future demand for STEM professionals, the report’s authors estimate that there is currently a shortfall of 40,000 science graduates in the UK.

Nida Broughton, chief economist at the Social Market Foundation, said: “Investments in infrastructure and the pace of technological innovation means growth in science, research, engineering and technology careers will continue to outpace other occupations.

“That’s a big opportunity for today’s girls and a challenge for the UK’s industrial strategy. It’s essential that we invest in the skills and training so that the UK can meet this demand – and encouraging more women to consider science will be critical to our success.”

Some of the jobs these young professionals could be filling in the future include: geotechnical design engineers; robotics engineers; data scientists and intelligence consultants.

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