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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CKA Group claim top science prize

CKA Group is thrilled to have been awarded the Supplier Excellence Award for Science by Kelly Services for the second year in a row. As a winner for scientific recruitment services provided in 2012 and now again in 2013,  CKA Group’s position as a top global performer within the Kelly Services Supplier Network is secured

On winning the award, CK’s Managing Director Jonathan Hart-Smith said, “We have worked with Kelly Services since 2007 and are elated and honoured to have been selected as winners again.  We very much value the relationship we have and are committed to the continual improvement of our performance.”

We were awarded based on our cost, compliance and performance metrics in the following areas:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Quality
  4. Problem Resolution
  5. Partnership
  6. Innovation

The EMEA Supplier Excellence Award Ceremony takes place on Monday 31st March in Switzerland and representatives from CKA Group will be there to accept the accolade.

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Maintenance Shift Technician Job – North West

CK Science is recruiting for a Maintenance Shift Technician to join a leading plastics manufacturer in the North West.

The main purpose will be to ensure that all electrical equipment and machinery is installed and maintained to a safe operating condition so that it is available for maximum production utilisation.

To be considered for this role you will need a background in Electrical Engineering.


Find out more about this job here

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Careers advice from CK Science

Having been established over 20 years ago as a specialist recruiter for the science based industries, we are well positioned to provide candidates with career advice.

The long term relationships we have we both our clients and our contract workers, alongside our experienced and qualified recruiters mean we have become adept at understanding what hiring managers are looking for.

Using this information we have created a series of advice articles and videos to help you find the best jobs, with the best companies, with the best salary.

Visit our Career Zone

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A new Resourcer joins the CK Science Durham team

Recently Jade Mosley joined CK Science as a Scientific Resourcer.  Based in Durham Jade sources candidates for jobs across all the scientific industries in Scotland and the North East of the UK.

CK Science are delighted to welcome her to the team and she has already shown promise in her new role. Barney Smith the Manager of the Durham office said  “Jade has been an excellent addition to the Durham team….She has been invaluable in helping us to improve our service to both clients and candidates”.


Watch Jade’s meet the team video here


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Do you work in the waste industry?

Would you like to win an Amazon Kindle? If so, please click on the link below and complete our industry survey.

Click here to complete the survey


CK Science are aiming to gain a better understanding of the waste industry so 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 but we need your help first.

In way of thanks for your help, we have an Amazon Kindle to be won through a prize draw.

Make sure you fill in the survey today.


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CK invest in growth

CK Science this month welcomes the first member of the new client relationship team, Andy Watt.

Andy Watt has joined CK as a Client Relationship Manager, he will be working closely with clients to help provide effective resourcing solutions to ensure that clients meet their business objectives.  He will also help clients implement alternative resourcing solutions such as Function Service Outsourcing (FSO) or Recruitment Processing Outsourcing (RPO).

Andy has extensive experience in the scientific recruitment industry having worked for as an in house Recruiter for  Roche and AstraZeneca for the past few years.


Watch Andy’s meet the team video here


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Attention waste industry professionals!

Do you work in the waste industry?

We are performing a review of the waste industry to make us better at our job. Improving our understanding of the waste industry will enable us to find you the best jobs, for the best companies, earning the best salary we can negotiate for you.  To do this though we need you to complete our survey.

Click here to fill in your answers

Once you have entered the survey you will be entered into a free prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle!

Don’t forget to complete the survey!


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CK Group semi finalists in 2013 Supplier Excellence Awards

CK Science are pleased to announce that CK Group, owners of the CK group of recruitment companies which includes CK Clinical and CK IT, have been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 Kelly’s Supplier Excellence Awards.

Nominations have been based on our cost, compliance and performance metrics in the following areas:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Quality
  4. Problem Resolution
  5. Partnership
  6. Innovation

Further evaluations will now be undertaken by the awards committee before finalists are notified. Having won last year for the 2012 awards, CK Science hopes to continue their success with Kellys and win the 2013 award.

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Thank you from Burkina Faso

A few weeks ago the CK Group raised financial aid for a school in Burkina Faso, Ecole Sainte Maire.  This week we received a letter from the school thanking CK for their donation and they also sent pictures of some of the children that CK Group has helped in providing an education for. Two of the children are called Alfred and Abi.

This primary school was established over 8 years ago by St Mary’s School in Derbyshire and CK Group has been dedicated in helping children at this school ever since.


Watch a short video about the school here


If you would like to help this charity please contact Liam O’Connell on lo’ or 0114 283 9956



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CK welcomes a new team member

CK Science are delighted to announce that Emily Major has joined CK Science as a Resourcer and is based in the Stevenage office.

In her new role she is responsible for sourcing candidates for permanent and temporary roles across all the science industries in the South of the UK.

Emily has recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc Honours degree 2.1 in Animal Science, and  we are confident that this interest and experience in the sciences will be an essential asset in her new role.

Emily’s manager had this to say about her:

Emily has been an instant success since joining CK Science and, having made her first placement during week one,  is already exceeding expectations. She is excellent dealing with candidates with a friendly and professional manner and she is learning extremely quickly.  Always eager to help everyone she deals with, organised, efficient and already an important member of the team. Manager at CK Science


Find out more about Emily and watch her new meet the team video here



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CK Science Resourcer gets promoted

CK Science are pleased to announce they have promoted Tenni Cole-Etti into the position of  Recruitment Consultant. Having joined the Stevenage team in April 2012 as a Resourcer, Tenni quickly exceeded expectations and even placed his first candidate within 3 months of starting.

Tenni has made a huge impact within his team, and the CK Group as a whole, with one Manager saying; ‘Tenni has brought an energy and enthusiasm to the team that is uplifting and infectious, and he exudes this to the candidates and clients that he deals with. ‘ 

Responsible for permanent recruitment in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and life sciences industries based in the South East and South West, we see Tenni  continuing to grow and develop within this new role. Join us in congratulating him.

Click here to visit Tenni’s meet our team page



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