Benefits of becoming a contractor

Many people choose to work as a contractor as opposed to working on a permanent basis, but why did they decide to leave their permanent role and what made them make the leap? Here are a few reasons why many people consider contracting as a great option:

1. Financial reward

It is widely acknowledged that contracting pays more than the permanent market, particularly for premium skills that are high in demand. This makes it an extremely attractive option.

2. Job satisfaction

Contracting provides complete freedom to choose where to work and what area to work in. If you’re unhappy with what you’re doing or the direction you’re moving in, just simply finish your contract, update your CV and find a new challenge.  You are in complete control.

3. Flexible working

Contracting does provide the option to take long holidays between contracts enabling you to travel for longer periods or take career breaks. But make sure you save enough money each month to account for the period of time that you may not be working.

4. Location

As a career contractor you have the option to work wherever you want, if you wanted to work for 6 months in Switzerland at a global pharmaceutical organisation then this could be a reality.

5. Training/career progression

Unfortunately, some companies are restricted on how much training and development they can offer their employees. Without training and career progression, job satisfaction and morale can plummet. However, if you become a contractor you choose where to work and what to work on. You can up skill yourself by attending training courses and buy any training material you choose.

6. Experience

If you are relatively new to the science industries then contracting on a temporary basis in the science market gives you the opportunity to gain experience in different environments using a diverse range of skills and techniques. Contractors tend to gain a really good insight into different company cultures, processes, operations and structures.

At a more senior level, you can enter a new organisation as the ‘industry expert’, which is not only a nice position to be in, it also adds to your credibility as an industry professional, widens your experience further and helps increase your daily rate.

A wealth of experience from a spectrum of environments can make you very attractive to potential employers.

7. Contracting options

As a contractor you can decide how you want to work, you have the option to work for an umbrella company which can provide some flexibility and reduce some of your administrative duties for a cost.

You also have the option to work as a limited company where you are responsible for your own employment responsibilities and this option can give you more flexibility to manage your own finance, contractual and tax affairs. Find out more about your contracting options here

 

If you are thinking about becoming a contractor, here at CK, not only are we committed to helping you find the right contract scientific job quickly and easily, but we support you personally throughout your assignment too.

Find out more about contracting with CK here

Written by Tenni Cole-Etti, find out more about Tenni here

 

 

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Analysts are in demand!

Once again CK has been inundated with requests from clients across the UK for motivated, analytical professionals who are looking for entry-level, mid-level and senior positions.

Watch our video below to find out what kind of skills we are seeking:

With roles that range from Analytical Chemists, Project Managers, Stability Coordinators, Junior Analysts, Senior Analysts, LCMS Specialists as well as QC , we currently have something for everyone.

So if you are currently looking for a new position, or are considering moving on from your role click here to view our positions

 

 

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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.

Click here to view our other advice articles

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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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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.

Click here and zoom in to view our infographic

 

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.

To search our current vacancies click here

Or if you are seeking new scientific staff and need help, contact us by clicking here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 1st November 2016

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 1st November 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 625 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 530 permanent roles
  • 95 temporary or contract roles

There have only been minor fluctuations in the volume of analytical chemistry jobs this week, with the total growing by just 1 position. Within permanent and contract roles there have been similar changes with perm roles decreasing by one, and interim growing by 1. All in all it has been a very stable few weeks in scientific recruitment.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 25th October 2016

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 25th October 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 624 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 531 permanent roles
  • 93 temporary or contract roles

Once again analytical scientist jobs have increase with another 6% growth in numbers. This is mostly due to the demand for permanent roles once again in exceeding the 500 mark, whereas there has been a small decline in contract roles, which have fallen from 102 to 93.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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CK exhibiting at 2016 RQA Annual Conference

CK Group are exhibiting at the RQA 2016 Annual Conference which is being held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel between 9th and 11th November on stand 14.

This year’s event is looking at the emerging challenges facing the industry as they embrace the demand for increased innovation, transparency and risk-based approaches versus the need to reduce costs and display more efficient and effective working practices. As a result the role of the QA professional is changing, no longer is the traditional role suitable for today’s market needs. Instead organisations are looking for a proactive, solution orientated professional who focusses on how to add value to their business.

CK have participated in the Annual Conference for many years and have long been an advocate of the RQA’s value’s. With a long history of helping to source and place highly qualified QA professionals into pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device and scientific organisations, CK has a natural affinity to the goals and objectives of the RQA.

CK’s Jason Johal and Jim Gleeson will be on hands throughout the event on stand 14 to provide advice and support to employers and QA professionals.

If you would like to arrange a confidential chat at the event, or you would like to discuss your current circumstances with a consultant, please contact them on the details below:

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Jason Johal

Scientific QA

Tel: 01438 842963

Email: jjohal@ckscience.co.uk

Jim Gleeson

 

Jim Gleeson

Clinical QA

Tel: 01438 842973

Email: jgleeson@ckclinical.co.uk

 

Or click here to search our scientific QA jobs

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 18th October 2016

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 18th October 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 588 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 486 permanent roles
  • 102 temporary or contract roles

This week there has been continued growth in the volume of analytical chemistry jobs with 13 new positions added. However, permanent roles have dropped by a 3% and contract roles have increased by 45%. Whether the increased demand for interim workers is preparation for the upcoming school holidays or a sign of a change in the market place we are unable to clarify.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 11th October 2016

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 11th October 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 575 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 505 permanent roles
  • 70 temporary or contract roles

This week we have tracked an unexpected and disappointing 25% decline in the number of analytical chemistry jobs advertised. Whilst temporary roles have maintained their numbers, permanent roles have been affected hugely with 201 fewer roles available this week. We do not currently have an explanation for this decline. However on investigating further, we have seen that job numbers behaved exactly the same this time last year. What is driving this annual pattern is unknown at this time but we will explore further.

 

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 4th October 2016

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 4th October 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 776 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 706 permanent roles
  • 70 temporary or contract roles

This week we have seen a 28% increase in the number of analytical chemistry jobs being advertised in the past week. This increase has boosted the volume of permanent roles from 528 to 706, which is a 33% jump and great news for job seekers. In contrast there a drop in the number of contract roles by 9%. This continues to confirm our conclusion that the growing the demand for staff illustrates the industry is bouncing back after a few nervous months.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 27th September 2016

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 27th 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 605 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 528 permanent roles
  • 77 temporary or contract roles

The drop experienced last week was very much a temporary measure as this week we have tracked a 5% growth. This has brought the total volume of science jobs to the highest we have seen since March this year. This has had a knock effect on permanent roles which has seen a 13% growth on last week’s numbers. Unfortunately interim roles have declined by 26% bringing this week’s numbers to less than 100 for the first time in nearly 5 weeks.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 20th September 2016

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 20th 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 571 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 466 permanent roles
  • 105 temporary or contract roles

There has been a small decline in job numbers this week that has predominantly affected the volume of permanent science jobs. However, due to the fact the decline only accounts for 3%, we do not think it’s a sign of changes in the market place.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 13th September 2016

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 13th 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 589 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 483 permanent roles
  • 106 temporary or contract roles

There has been another positive week for Analytical Chemist vacancies, which have grown from 550 to 589 roles over the past 7 days. This increase has been across both permanent and interim jobs, with permanent seeing the greatest growth. With the summer holidays have drawn to a close it is fairly normal to see recruitment return to higher volumes at this time of year.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 6th September 2016

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 6th September 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 550 chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 449 permanent roles
  • 101 temporary or contract roles

Analytical Chemistry jobs have remained above the 500 mark again this week, and whilst numbers have dropped slightly it is still above the annual average. Permanent roles have dropped the most, however considering we are still in the summer period overall science jobs are doing well.

If you are looking for a new science job please search our vacancies

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

 

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