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Bridging the skills gap in the in the biopharmaceutical industry

This report from the ABPI provides a detailed analysis of the areas where UK pharmaceutical companies are struggling to recruit for high skilled roles due to low numbers of applicants and/or insufficient good quality candidates.

The report is based on 93 responses from 59 organisations and found that the most concerning skills gaps are in the interdisciplinary areas involving mathematics and biology. Nine out of ten respondents cited concern about quality and quantity of candidates for vacancies in areas including bioinformatics, health informatics, statistics and data mining. Nine out of ten respondents also cited a lack of basic core competency in communication and team-working skills in new recruits as a particular area of concern.

The report also highlights long-standing issues in the number and quality of applicants in areas such as translational medicine, clinical pharmacology and veterinary and toxicological pathology.

The report concludes that a multi-sector approach, as well as co-investment from the industry and government, is required in order to tackle what is a complex set of issues. This includes a focus on the education pathway, from the school curriculum to postgraduate studies and more high-quality apprenticeships.

Author(s): Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

Production date: 2015

How to obtain: Download Bridging the skills gap in the in the biopharmaceutical industry

Communities: Health and Medical Professions, Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Employability, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Employers

Format: Web


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