The process of hunting for recruits can be a struggle for many companies, particularly when they have an ideal candidate in mind. And many at times, for the life science/biotech industry, due to the highly competitive landscape – for both recruiters and job seekers – hiring has been made more difficult. While some believe that this is because the talent pool is drying up, in healthcare and pharma, this is thought to be because professionals who possess the skills to thrive in the life science sector, are already employed.
This is certainly good news for employees in the industry, especially at a time of unsteady global unemployment rates during an economic slowdown, where unemployment is projected to increase by 3 million this year. But this poses a challenge for companies looking for skilled staff to join their teams. Moreover, tracking down these candidates can be a laborious process, particularly for startups that don’t necessarily have dedicated teams built to recruit, but are in need of employees.
This is where recruitment firms come into the picture. Today, many firms are cropping up, to aid healthcare companies that have their hands full, in making those decisions. Although concerns like cost may dissuade companies from teaming up with a recruitment firm to hire their candidates, these biotech recruiters are said to be successful at attracting passive candidates who may be employed but are open to new opportunities.
Labiotech has created a list of ten recruiters in the biotech space, who were nominated by our readers, based on their expertise in recruiting within the life science industry.
Committed to recruiting potential employees in the life sciences industry, Mason Harding was founded by Adam Butler last year. Having worked with recruitment firm Charlton Morris for nine years, Butler is a clinical science graduate who has made his mark in the field of consultancy.
With a particular interest in genomics, diagnostics, drug discovery and artificial intelligence among other areas in healthcare, Mason Harding supports professionals who are seeking roles across different sectors within the industry, be it executive roles, to posts in research and development to marketing and legal teams.
Based in Leeds in the U.K., the biotech recruiter offers their client services to life science companies regardless of whether they are a multinational or an early-stage startup looking to expand their crew. For its clientele, Mason Harding first holds a briefing consultation to get an idea of the company’s ideal candidate. Following this, companies are able to choose from recruitment models that include both budget-friendly options, and for those looking for specialist or confidential hires. The recruitment agency then presents customers with a variety of portfolios to choose from, and collaborates with the companies until they’ve onboarded the recruits.