There is, however, a shortage of graduates with several years’ industry experience to supply the demand in the burgeoning sector. This is despite the fact that the Universities in the region are producing excellent graduates. What we need, therefore, is spin-outs, SMEs and corporates to offer more workplace experience opportunities to graduates so that they can gain the necessary industry experience that will be attractive to employers. Currently, many firms have to source candidates from outside of the region, which comes with a whole host of additional complications. For example, senior candidates often cite family reasons as to why they won’t consider a role in the North East. This is compounded if the person doesn’t have any connections to the region – i.e. not originally from here, no family connections or didn’t study at one of the universities.
The changing picture of the pharmaceutical sector will put increasing demands on the talent pool. The continued growth of the region in the science sector must go hand in hand with talent development. Increasingly, companies have to take a strategic approach to employee attraction as a primary consideration when deciding on expansion plans.
Senior Consultant Scientific
Nigel Wright Recruitment