Finding a Job Overseas

Are you thinking about working abroad? There are lots of reasons to move to another country, but regardless of why you're relocating, you'll probably need to find a job when you get there.

Here are some important things to consider when you're trying to find a job overseas:

Where do you want to go?

If you know which country you'd like to work in, you should begin your job hunt by gauging what sort of jobs are available in that territory. Lots of recruitment agencies (including Hyper Recruitment Solutions) feature both local and international job listings, so these companies' websites can be a good place to start.

Do you need a visa?

It's important to know whether you are eligible to work in your chosen country. Generally speaking, UK citizens will need a visa to work in non-EU countries, but you shouldn't need one to work within other EU member states (note that this may change depending on how Brexit negotiations progress).

You will need to have a rough idea of how long you intend to stay in your chosen country, as this may affect the type and volume of paperwork you have to complete.

Localise your CV

Once you've got an idea of the work that's available and the documentation you'll need to work in your chosen country, you can begin to investigate the local employment protocol. This might require you to adjust your CV - in some places you will be expected to include a picture, while others may require you to disclose your age, etc.

Other challenges you might face:

  • Language Barrier - Be prepared to stumble through some awkward conversations if you're not fluent in your new home's primary language.

  • Homesickness - It's normal to miss home after relocating, but don't worry. You'll meet lots of new and interesting friends before you know it!

Working abroad can be an invaluable asset to your career - it builds confidence, and you'll experience things that you never would have encountered at home. Browse HRS job listings and apply online >

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Contract Science Jobs

Contract work has become increasingly popular in recent times for both businesses and workers within the science industry. This is due to a number of reasons, such as:

  • Covering long-term leave
  • Coping with periods of peak demand
  • The rise of project-based work
The choice to employ contract workers can bring wide-ranging benefits to science companies. These include cutting costs, increasing productivity, obtaining and utilising specialised skills, and enhancing flexibility within the workforce.

However, it’s not just organisations that can benefit from the rise contract work - there are lots of advantages for the workers themselves, too.

Benefits of Contract Working

1. Ownership – Ownership of your work is one of the major psychological benefits that come with contract work. Instead of having ‘managers’ and ‘bosses’, individuals and companies that you work with can be seen as ‘clients’ and ‘customers’, and this can make a massive difference in how you feel regarding your freedom and independence whilst working.

2. Utilising your strengths and interests – One of the main benefits of working as a contractor is the ability to focus on the skills and areas of expertise that you possess - after all, these are the attributes that will get you hired. The science company that you work for will be focused on your unique personal abilities, which usually leads to greater recognition for your professional accomplishments.

3. Build experience quickly – Short-term contract work (where contractors move from role to role and company to company fairly quickly) will bulk up your CV very quickly, giving you a broad and varied array of working experiences. By working in different environments and varied roles, you become exposed to different duties and challenges, and this can be extremely valuable both for future employment and within your everyday life.

4. Variety – Related to the above, contract work allows you to experiment with different roles and experience a variety of positions, rather than being stuck in one permanent role. Working with different people, for different people, at different companies can be a massive benefit to contract workers, and as a bonus, they get to avoid the office politics that can occur within longer-term roles.

5. Higher pay – Though not always guaranteed, working as a contractor can bring the benefit of higher pay. Due to companies not having to pay for health care and other employee benefits when working with contractors, they are sometimes able to offer a higher wage instead.

6. Work for yourself – The last and perhaps the most rewarding element of contract work is the ability to say that you ‘work for yourself’. A number of contract jobs, especially within the science industry, allow the worker a certain amount of flexibility and freedom - for instance, the freedom to choose the contract length and/or location of work.

Contracting Through HRS

Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a company that stands by its candidates. We aim to provide a reliable and honest service that you can trust. When we help you to search for contract science jobs, you will enjoy a number of advantages, including:

  • Choice – We work with an extensive portfolio of clients in STEM sectors, so you will not be limited when it comes to choosing your contract. Whether you would like to work with SMEs or big pharmaceutical companies, you are sure to find something that’s right for you.

  • All the help you need – Your HRS consultant will make the process of choosing and obtaining the right jobs as easy as possible for you. By providing expertise and advice on roles, companies and industries, assisting with CV presentation and interview preparation, and giving follow-up support after a successful placement, our experienced consultants go above and beyond to ensure that you are fully supported.

  • Expertise – As science industry experts, we possess an in-depth knowledge of each specialist sector, putting us in the best possible position to represent you.

  • Timesheet portal – Once you have successfully found contract work, you and the company will gain access to our fully automated, easy-to-use online timesheet portal to make the whole process paper- and hassle-free.

To browse our latest contract science jobs, go to our Job Search page and select 'Contract / Temporary / Interim' under Contract Type. Alternatively, contact us now for expert guidance on seeking contract work in the science industry.

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Why Biotechnology

Put simply, biotechnology is the practice of developing technology through the study of biology.

Through the utilisation of both biomolecular and cellular processes, technologies and products are created that assist in developing the overall health of our planet and our lives. We have been using the biological processes of microorganisms in the development and preservation of food products for more than 6,000 years - however, more recent biotechnological advances have been used to:

  • Fight devastating and uncommon diseases
  • Decrease and clean up our energy use
  • Lower our environmental impact
  • Create more efficient / effective industrial manufacturing processes

This has led the biotechnology industry to be segmented into two distinct markets: medical and agricultural.

Both of these markets have experienced revolutionary progress in research, business strategies and development programmes to uncover, change and create biomolecules and organisms through the use of biotechnology.

Presently, more than 250 biotechnology vaccines and healthcare products exist, many for diseases which were previously untreatable. Additionally, more than 13 million farmers worldwide use agricultural biotechnology to improve yields, prevent damage from pests and insects, and decrease their overall impact on the planet. More than 50 biorefineries are in development across North America to assess and perfect technologies that create chemicals and biofuels from renewable biomass, which assists in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Uses of Biotechnology

Recent developments in the biotechnology industry are being used to aid in overcoming some of the world’s most demanding challenges, such as:

  • Fuelling the World – Biological procedures such as fermentation and the harnessing of biocatalysts such as yeast and enzymes are used by biotechnologists to create microscopic manufacturing plants. This is helping fuel the world by decreasing the use of and reliance on petrochemicals, reducing waste generation and water usage, and delving into the full potential of traditional biomass waste products.

  • Healing the World – By using our own genetic makeup, biotechnology can guide research and save lives by developing more accurate methods for disease detection, decreasing the occurrence of infectious disease, and personalising treatments to the individual to lower health risks and minimise side effects.

  • Feeding the World – Biotechnology has helped to make crops more insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant while also enabling the use of more environmentally-friendly farming practices. This helps feed the world by generating higher crop yields with far fewer inputs, creating foods free of toxins and allergens, and producing crops with improved nutrition profiles that help solve nutrient and vitamin deficiencies.

With all of this in mind, it is easy to see why biotechnology is such an ever-changing and dynamic industry, and why jobs within this sector are so highly sought-after. Roles within the biotechnology sector are very diverse, resulting in plenty of opportunities to choose from when entering the field. Here at HRS, we are constantly recruiting for jobs within this industry, so no matter where your interests lie, we are sure to have something for you.

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The CRO / CMO industry has grown a lot in recent years. If you're looking to start a career in this sector, we at HRS can help you - view our CRO / CMO jobs here, or read on to learn all about the CRO and CMO industry and why it's flourishing right now.

Contract Research Organisations (CRO)

A contract research organisation is an organisation that is contracted by another firm (usually within the biotechnological, medical device and pharmaceutical industries) to provide outsourced research services.

CROs are popular because they offer a more cost-effective solution for firms seeking to produce new medicines for large and niche markets alike. By outsourcing research to CROs, the costs of conducting a trial are reduced massively as the firm will not need the infrastructure, space or manpower to run trials or conduct research themselves. Before CROs became an established method of pursuing approval for a drug, many companies would only take action when there was a sense of guaranteed approval for large markets.

This has made research into new medicines a much more feasible and affordable prospect for the average firm, reducing their general overhead costs. CROs provide a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Clinical trial data management
  • Quality and metric reporting
  • Data entry and validation
  • Full project management

The fast growth of the CRO industry is evidence of the drastically changing pharmaceutical sector and how companies are adapting their methods to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of shareholders and society.

Contract Research Organisations

Contract Manufacturing Organisation (CMO)

A contract manufacturing organisation also serves other firms within the pharmaceutical industry on a contractual basis, but instead of providing research services, CMOs offer comprehensive drug development and manufacturing services.

Again, this assists the hiring company with scalability and allows them to focus on more important areas of their business, such as research or marketing. Alternatively, pharmaceutical firms may outsource drug manufacturing work to a CMO if they lack the expertise or facilities required to produce the quantity and/or form of a drug that is needed to perform pre-clinical and clinical trials.

The demand for the services that CMOs offer has resulted in fast growth for the CMO industry over the last decade, and this will continue as the need for CMOs increases. There are several promising trends within the CMO industry that are likely to accelerate further growth in the near future, including:

  • Flexible manufacturing plants – CMOs can invest in flexible manufacturing facilities that are designed to accommodate the changing needs of the pharmaceutical firms they cater for.

  • Cytotoxics – Cytotoxics is an area that has not received much attention but provides an opportunity for significant growth for the CMO industry due to the implications for cancer treatment.

  • Automation – The rise of automation within the CMO industry will see a reduction in the need for continuous checking of verification labour, ensuring consistency and reliability and increasing productivity levels.

CRO CMO Industry

Here at HRS, we have expertise and experience in both CRO and CMO industries, so if you’re interested in working in either of these sectors, we can help you!

View current CRO/CMO vacancies >

Contact Hyper Recruitment Solutions >

Contract Workers

In recent years, contract work has grown to be a massively popular option for workers and employers alike. Contracting allows individuals to feel more in control and achieve a better work/life balance while tackling a variety of rewarding new challenges; it also benefits businesses to be able to take on a person with a specific skill set for a short period of time. This is a relatively low-risk option, and contractors can be instrumental in helping an organisation to move forward.

The benefits of hiring a contractor

  • Flexibility - This is probably the primary reason to hire a contractor rather than a permanent employee. A contract worker may be hired on a short-term basis and can move on easily if, for instance, the project is completed early or your budget is cut short. Contractors are ideal for seasonal businesses that peak and trough over the course of a year, and contractors who aren't quite right for your organisation are easier to replace than full-time employees.

  • Efficiency - Sometimes, a looming deadline or pressing assignment may necessitate an influx of new staff to help get the job done on time. Contracting is a great option in such situations; contract workers can be brought in as needed to assist overstretched departments until the workload eases off.

  • Specialised skills - Some projects require a specific/unusual skill set that you don't usually keep on your payroll. Many contractors possess an abundance of experience in niche areas, meaning that businesses don't have to waste time training them - they can hit the ground running from day one. Contractors are likely to be fully licensed and up-to-date with current legislation and market trends, and they tend to be experienced in a number of different areas, enabling them to bring new ideas to the table and give an outsider's perspective on your business.

  • Cutting costs - It may well cost less to hire a highly-qualified contractor for a short period of time than to train up a permanent employee yourself and keep them on the books indefinitely.

Contracting through HRS

The above is a mere sample of the many advantages that come with hiring contractors. Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we help both contractors and businesses to find the right fit quickly and with minimal fuss. Our contractors enjoy a number of benefits, such as quality representation, competitive rates, assistance with finding the best possible roles, and a wide choice of clients ranging from large pharmaceutical companies to small scientific start-ups.

As companies all over the UK (and beyond) continue to realise the benefits of taking on contractors, more and more contracting opportunities will arise.

Whether you are a business looking to offer contract work or a contract worker looking for a new challenge, please contact HRS today for expert assistance.

See our Contracting at HRS page for more information!

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