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Clinical Professionals Industry Analytics Report Germany 2017

To provide our candidates and clients with the latest information with regards to industry developments and trends within the Life Science industry, the Clinical Professionals Group regularly collaborates with data publishers; VacancySoft to produce a frequent report that has proven to be a highly valued asset to those we aid and partner with.

The report establishes areas and countries that have exhibited a strong growth within the industry. This is achieved by analysing significant increases in job vacancies for a certain sector and/or country, where the increase usually signifies demand from business developments and up and coming areas to target.

This month’s report looks at Germany within the Life Science industry, Yvette Cleland, Clinical Professionals CEO, provides her insight on the statistics:

“Germany consistently ranks top of the league table of countries in Europe for investment in R&D, Engineering and Production. It stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of the size of its pharmaceuticals market and for many years has been the leader with regards to the sheer number of clinical trials conducted. Clinical Professionals had recognised this trend early on and for almost ten years now we have consistently targeted the German pharmaceutical and healthcare markets as being key to our long-term success.

With the continued growth of the market, last year was huge when looking at the increase in number of vacancies. The total number of new openings increased by approx. 30% in the 12 months leading up to 31st July 2017, confirming to us that our focus on the German market is very much justified.

There were a few dips – November, April and June offering somewhat fewer vacancies than the other months – but in total, during the six-month period from February-July 2017, there were still around 36% more vacancies than during the same period in 2016.

In terms of professions, Sales was the big winner over the past year, with the number of vacancies more than doubling, from 756 in 2016 to 1,600 this year. Scientific vacancies were down by approximately 8%. Although other Commercial roles that fared well were Marketing (up 31%) and Procurement (up 34%).

When it comes to sectors, CROs performed very well last year, much of which can be attributed to Quintiles’ growth explosion.

In the 12 months leading up to 31st July 2016 just 44 vacancies were recorded. Comparing that to the 696 recorded the following year, that is a massive growth of 1,482%.
When looking at Germany region by region, Bavaria continues to lead the way in terms of sheer volume of roles, contributing 27.2% of all vacancies in Germany during the 24 months leading up to 31st July 2017. With regards to percentage increases, Lower Saxony experienced the highest growth with 83% more vacancies than last year. Hamburg comes in second with a growth rate of 54% and Hessen also did well with 52%.

This is a very exciting time to be a pharmaceutical, medical technology or biotech company in Germany and the excellent growth rate only seems set to continue.”

For more information about the services we provide and for the full report, please visit our webpage here where you can also view previous editions of our report.

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