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Clinical Professionals Industry Analytics Report: Contract Research Organisations

Whilst the Clinical Professionals Group strives to provide our candidates and clients alike with the best knowledge and advice for achieving their goals we also focus on being proactive and responsive to the latest industry changes and movements from growth to procurements.

In order to be at the forefront of the latest fluctuations in the life science industry, Clinical Professionals has partnered with VacancySoft, a vacancy data company that gathers and publishes data on vacancies for a wide variety of industry and counties.

The Clinical Professionals Industry Analytics Reports (CPIA Reports) are useful resources for many life science professionals such as hiring managers and directors to allow them to identify certain sectors and locations of interest that are showing strong variance within the Life Science sector.

This month’s report examines vacancy data for Contract Research Organisations within the life science industry to identify and evaluate key movements and changes.

Clinical Professionals’ CEO, Yvette Cleland has provided some of her insight on the report’s findings:

CPIA report - CROThe UK currently accounts for the country with the highest volume of Contract Research Organization (CRO) vacancies in Europe. In this year’s CRO report our partners Vacancysoft have based the data from a total of 15,702 vacancies in the period between May 2015 and April 2017. Overall the growth in vacancies was minimal (1.2%) based on 12 months ending 30th April 2017. Whilst this was still an uplift on previous 12 months, we have seen an interesting surge in vacancies in the first 4 months of 2017. The highest vacancy growth was clustered in Germany and seems to be coming from Eurofins and QuintilesIMS. As we took a deeper dive into the data the core growth of vacancies was within “sales” and the decline within HR and IT. There is also the potential that the growth outside of the UK could be in some part due to BREXIT and the EMA relocating post BREXIT.

So we could attribute the vacancy rise mostly due to Eurofins who in 2014 acquired Millipore’s CRO business alongside Quintiles IMS merger in 2016 which seems to account for the growth within German vacancies. However one to watch in Germany is Charles River Laboratories now having completed five acquisitions to strengthen its service offerings and expanding its geographical presence both in the United States and internationally. Through its acquisition of Oncotest in November 2015, it was able to reach new markets in Germany and expand its reach in preclinical pharmacological services.

The report also contained other noteworthy statistics:

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Our latest report and previous editions can be accessed on our website here.

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