Silicon Republic: gig workers are taking over the life sciences industry.

October 25, 2019

Approval for a new drug, therapy or device can ramp up pharma and biotech hiring needs overnight. Luckily, as more seasoned professionals opt to become gig workers, HR teams in this space now have broader choices when it comes to hiring.

Gig workers represent an agile and cost-effective workforce for today’s life sciences sector. Using talent that’s available on demand makes it easier to scale up operations to get new products out into the marketplace.

Life sciences employers find that gig workers often have extensive experience with product launches, as well as fluency in the latest tools and technologies. Their perspectives are also highly valued as they tend to be familiar with best practices across a wide range of companies. This is good news for the sector, which is set to outpace others with continued rapid growth through innovation.

“To meet growing demands for pharmaceutical products, life sciences companies will have to remain cost-conscious while scaling up and down, all while maintaining a productive and animated workforce – a role that gig workers are extremely well-positioned to play,” says Tania De Decker, managing director for global strategic accounts at the Randstad Enterprise Group.

Read more about how life sciences companies are staffing for growth in Silicon Republic. Then, check out the 2019 Talent Trends life sciences and healthcare report for more industry trends.

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