Recruitment is competitive, only the fittest survive. On top of that, there are just under 20,000 recruitment companies registered in the UK. That’s a whole lot of competition to be up against.

So rather than competing to recruit within every single sector, we went one better and made sure we were niche, and there are certainly reasons for that.

To the outside world, the words ‘pharmaceutical recruitment’ sounds potentially daunting, right? Our consultants thought so too before they joined the business. In all honesty, someone without knowledge or experience of the pharmaceutical market would potentially link this to doctors or nurses, or even pharmacies in their local area.

You’re not right, but you aren’t wrong either. In a nutshell, pharmaceuticals mean ‘medicine’, and in some cases life-saving drugs. Not only is this a niche market to operate within, it is also one that will rarely go into a recession.

Why? Because essentially, everybody gets sick. As negative as it may sound, there will always be a need for medicine, cures for diseases, advancements in medical devices and so on. Barrington James operate within the private sector globally, so it’s our job to make sure that we are placing only the best candidates into some of the biggest pharmaceutical, clinical, medical device and biotech companies on the planet.

The market is consistently buoyant, which means the services that Barrington James supply will constantly be in demand. Job security (especially after BREXIT) was the talk of the town, with 70% of employers receiving concerns from staff. Luckily our consultants don’t have to worry about that.

The second reason why we only operate within the pharmaceutical market is because we train our consultants to be experts in their field. Whether it’s regulatory affairs or finding the next CRO, each consultant strives to enrich their knowledge of their specialist field. The way we look at it, is that we would rather be the best recruitment consultancy in pharma than an ‘average’ agency that recruits for 4 or 5 different sectors.

Our network may only be an inch wide, but’s it’s a mile deep.

As a global consultancy, we are extremely proud to say that we only work the pharmaceutical market. It’s fantastic to be able to say that we have worked with companies that produce life-saving drugs, or run clinical trials to find a cure for a disease.

It’s even better to be able to place individuals in their dream positions, which they potentially may have not achieved without our help and guidance. The pharmaceutical market is difficult to recruit for, and we ensure that our consultants receive only the best training and development so they are providing a premium service to both our candidates and clients.

You may be a client that is struggling to fill a role that has been open for the last 6 months and desperately need a contractor to cover whilst we find you a permanent replacement, or you may be a rapidly growing biotech with 50+ roles but your network and resources are low.

Barrington James offer a range of services that can fit to each clients needs, as well as teams of consultants that specialise within contract or permanent roles within various verticals in the life science market.

If you are looking for a tailored approach to your recruitment services, get in contact with us today!

We network exclusively within life science arena. All our efforts are spent talking to specialists in our market. If you need good people, we’ll know them.


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