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CK Clinical celebrates 10 years

Monday, December 15th, 2014

CK Clinical, one of the recruitment businesses that are part of the CK Group, celebrates 10 years of business this week.

The pharmaceutical recruitment company that provides high calibre staff to the clinical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, has experienced rapid growth since its inception. With 13 full time recruiters working for the business and having expanded into Europe, CK Clinical has become one of the UK’s leading specialist recruitment agencies.

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The benefits of CK+

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

CK+ is an innovative tool which will help make your search for the perfect job far easier! By registering with CK+ you will take out the hassle that comes from multiple applications.

Once registered, you will have a number of options available that will ease the applications process and help us to find the right job for you. After entering your contact details, you can choose various industry sectors, disciplines, locations and levels of experience, meaning that we can quickly see whether a job is right for you. This information updates our system automatically, so whenever you change it we see the changes. This allows us to remain up to date with what you are looking for.

Furthermore, you can upload your CV to CK+. You can do this with a single click, meaning that each application can be catered to effortlessly! The ease of the uploading system relieves you of the rigmarole of repeatedly inputting contact and industry information when applying to several jobs. You do still have to tailor your CV to each position.

For more information, please contact our consultants today!


Analysing international job searches – where do people want to work?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Indeed, a job site which lists jobs from companies in over 50 countries, have recently conducted research into the location of job searches and postings across the world. From this, they have built up a wealth of knowledge as to where jobs are searched for and posted, leading to a number of interesting results emerging in regards to both the UK and European jobs markets.

The report tracked the number of external candidates searching for jobs within countries, as well as their preferred location and the amount of people searching overseas for work. 9.4% of searches for jobs within the UK come from external candidates, whereas Europe (which in this article amalgamates France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland) sees an average of 17.2% of searches originating from outside of their respective countries. This slight disparity could be seen to be due to data from Luxembourg and Switzerland, which due to their economies receive higher than average numbers of foreign applicants. The EU can be seen to be in a strong position overall, with a high amount of external searches.

The UK is third highest country in terms of desirability for work, with Italy, Germany and France also making the top ten. Only the UK and India come close to being as desirable as the US as a place to work, according to Indeed’s data, with no other countries receiving over 25% of the total number of external searches done within the US. It can be argued from this point that the UK economy is seen to be in good health, with many overseas candidates seeking to work here as opposed to elsewhere in the EU. The data shows that the UK has more candidates applying internally, as despite the high number of external applicants increasing the desirability percentage; this percentage number is drastically reduced when looking at the candidate searches, implying a larger amount of UK candidates searching for work within the UK.

This hypothesis is confirmed when we look at the number of candidates within a country who are looking elsewhere. In the UK, this number stands at 9%, and so indicates a balancing out of the external candidates searching for British jobs, and the British candidates searching externally. Interestingly, the amount of searches from European countries to other countries is on average 18% of the total.

This further confirms that the UK has a strong job market. In Europe, more people are seeking to leave their country (implied by external searches) than there are people willing to come and replace them, whereas the UK seems static at worst, thereby confirming that the UK is not losing any of its workforce to overseas competitors. The data also tells us that France, Ireland and Spain are the three European countries from which the UK receives most external searches. Arguably this is a hangover from the recent recession, with candidates whose countries have been affected significantly by the recent economic troubles seeking to work in a more stable area.

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Permanent Jobs on the Rise

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A survey of recruitment agencies has found that permanent jobs are on the rise for the first time since September 2011, reports Reuters.

The increase is the sharpest in permanent employment for nearly four years.

Furthermore, overall demand for staff rose, with engineers among the most sought after profession. The reduction in those claiming benefits indicates that there is a possibility that the labour market is levelling out.

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Oil and gas recruitment trends changing in 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

In a recent article by The Engineer, it has been reported that the Oil and Gas sector will have to recruit candidates from other industries to meet the demand for extra staff in 2012.

With demand for engineers predicted to grow in 2012 as a result of growing oil and gas exploration, CK Science also reports a shift in the recruitment trends of the Oil and Gas industry.

Liam O’Conner, Director at CK Science explains the recruitment patterns that the scientific recruitment consultancy have experienced,  “The interesting part of this expansion within the oil and gas sector is that it is not just the construction and engineering sectors which has improved, but also the support services. We have seen an increase in the demand for staff such as chemists, analysts, flow technicians and engineers, as well as an increase in demands from sub contract industries as the paint and additive sectors. ”

O’Connell went on to say, “It is all good news for the industry, but there is a shortage of experienced candidates, as over the last 4 years many of the UK professionals in these fields have moved to the Middle East and Far East. We are starting to see these professionals return to the UK, but also notice that a number of companies in these areas are recruiting junior and fresh graduates and offering fast track training schemes.”

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Demand for temporary staff stays strong

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

According to the REC’s JobOutlook, demand for temporary staff continues to be strong despite the introduction of the new Agency Workers Regulations.

The outlook for 2012 is extremely promising with 81 per cent of employers planning to either grow or keep their temporary staff at the same levels. In fact, 31 per cent have stated that they are planning to boost their temporary staff.

Speaking of the news, REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green stated:

“The ongoing economic uncertainty has clearly influenced hiring patterns. Using temporary and contract staff is an attractive option and continues to provide a means of bringing in the right skills at very short notice.

“There is no doubt that the AWR has created significant cost and bureaucracy for agencies. At the same time, the need for agency staff is well established. The main impact to date has been the development of new supply models rather than any sort of collapse in demand for temp and contract labour. These are trends that we will continue to track as we approach the first 12 week milestone.”

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If you would like help with your temporary recruitment needs in 2012, please do contact us.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

As reported by the BBC, a £36m drug research institute has been opened in Glasgow by Strathclyde University.

The institute will concentrate on developing new medicines to treat cancer, heart disease and strokes, malaria and TB. It will bring together researchers in chemistry, biology and pharmacy.

Strathclyde University invested £28m in the drug research institute and had support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Funding Council. A further £8m was also raised through fundraising with surgeon and TV presenter Professor Lord Winston.

Strathclyde University is renowned for their expertise and research capabilities within the chemical, biological and pharmaceutical sciences. University Principal, Jim McDonald, stated,

“The investment in our advanced facilities will help our scientists find new and better treatments and reflects Strathclyde’s commitment to finding solutions to the global challenges of the 21st century.

“By bringing together talented multidisciplinary researchers with colleagues in the NHS, business and industry, we are in the ideal position to accelerate the pace of research and translate it into products that benefit patients.”

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Academic Publishers Withhold Research

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

George Monbiot, writing for The Guardian has reported that academic publishers are charging a premium for people to access papers and reports that contain valuable scientific research.

As is almost universally agreed, the public need to be informed so as to make intelligent decisions and valued judgements. This must be seen across the board, from the scientific to political or historical spheres, though when academic publishers are charging upwards of £25 to read a single article from a journal, a rather excessive barrier seems to be in place to such understanding. Reading journals in libraries is another option, but with academic journals costing an average of £6250 annually, this is causing significant funding problems.

To make matters worse, such journals are paid for through taxation and government grants, so one would assume they would be made freely available. The universal declaration of human rights declares that “everyone has the right freely to… share in scientific advancement and it’s benefits,” though clearly the amounts it costs people to access journals contravenes this declaration. There is a growing movement for government’s to make publicly funded papers available to the public, allowing everyone a chance to engage with scientific advancement.

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REC Claims Flexible Workforce is Way Forward

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has reported that flexible work is increasingly important for the economy and allows for the creation of a modern workforce.

A UK education or parental roles easily.

Gillian Econopouly, Head of Policy at the REC, highlights the degree to which “temporary work is an invaluable way for jobseekers to enter the labour market” as it allows them the chance to gain experience and workplace skills. She later added that businesses and employees must work together “to adopt mutually beneficial working arrangements.”

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Can the current economic climate actually boost your business?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Yes! Here at CK, many highly qualified and experienced candidates are seeking our services to help them find new positions in science industries.


How can this benefit you?

The benefit to you is that these candidates are willing to be more flexible when it comes to salary, are less likely to leave and can do wonders for your business:

  • They may provide you with new business perspectives, helping both the department and the company to keep growing.
  • Their skills could help fill other gaps within the organisation, promoting innovation
  • Your training costs will be dramatically reduced
  • A more experienced candidate can help mentor those in junior positions
  • They are likely to have a strong network which can be leveraged to the benefit of the organisation

The CK Group has some great candidates looking for new positions in a variety of science-based industries.

To find out more, please call our Head Office on 0114 283 9956 or email

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