I bet Jonathan Hart-Smith of CK Clinical wished he had a £1 (or a maybe a drink) for every time that someone at the PIPA 2009 conference came up to him and asked him how the job market was looking. As managing director for CK Clinical, a major pharmaceutical recruitment agency he would know.

The data he had compiled, just for this purpose, shows a fascinating trend. Over the last 2 years, the pharmaceutical job market has expanded to a peak of 18,000 job ads in the first 2 quarters of 2008, then shrunk back to 15,000 for the first 6 months of 2009.

However, if you examine the number of vacancies for pharmacovigilance or medical information, it is a different story. The good news is that they have continued to grow:

  • Pharmacovigilance: from 136 vacancies in 2007 to 461 in 2009
  • Med. Info.: from 49 vacancies in 2007 to 161 in 2009.

These are not just CK Clinical’s vacancies (in your dreams Jonathan! :-)) but taken from independent jobs advertising boards.

So when everyone is full of doom and gloom, just remember your profession has a ray of sunlight.

Contact Jonathan Hart-Smith for more information.