HR Dive: skyrocketing demand for pharma and life sciences skills.

August 2, 2022 Mike Smith

Randstad Sourceright’s 2022 new sector research shows difficulty in hiring across the life sciences and pharma spectrum. This challenge is being seen throughout other sectors, as some employers look to reskill their current talent as an alternative to combat talent shortages.

The pharma and life sciences sectors was able to scale up to new levels to meet the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued innovation keeps demand for digital skills high. “The need for medical innovation has only grown, forcing organizations to compete across all industries for a limited supply of in-demand tech talent,” says Mike Smith, global CEO of Randstad Sourceright. 

Reskilling — and upskilling — make sense as part of the solution to the ongoing hiring challenges in the industry. Learning and development opportunities also serve as a good retention tool, demonstrating organizations’ value to their current employees.

Read more in HR Dive and be sure to explore these four life sciences Talent Trends from Randstad Sourceright.

About the Author

Mike Smith

With a 16-year career at Randstad, Mike Smith brings a wealth of experience in the talent acquisition industry to his role as Randstad Sourceright global CEO. Smith joined Randstad in January 2005 as a graduate recruitment executive and has since held various operational and leadership roles for Randstad including managing Randstad’s business operations in Australia, managing director for Southeast Asia, CEO of Randstad UK and managing director of Randstad Sourceright in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. An active driver of Randstad’s “tech and touch” strategy, in his role as CEO, Smith continues to elevate Randstad Sourceright's customer value propositions, seek out ongoing areas for differentiation and embed change through investment in business transformation technology.

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