News and Insights

All the latest from the science world and beyond.

At SRG, we want to provide you with the latest news, insights and research on employment, talent attraction and people management in the scientific, clinical and engineering industries.

Check out the latest news below:
Skilling up life sciences
With a serious shortage of talent in the life sciences sector and Brexit on the horizon, it’s proving very difficult for companies to find the people they need.
On Thursday 16th November, major employers, industry groups and government bodies will come together to discuss this issue at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Life Sciences Sector Meeting at the Shard in London. Among the speakers will be our Operations Director Richard Acton, who is Vice Chair of the REC Life Sciences Group.
We understand the challenges many employers are facing and it would be really useful to hear your views on one of the major issues affecting the life sciences sector today. We’d therefore be really grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our skills gap survey. Your answers will help to inform the discussion and Richard will talk about the findings of the survey in detail.
To secure your place at the Life Sciences Sector Meeting, please register now. It’s free for REC members.
We hope to see you on 16th November.
SRG awarded Silver status by Investors in People
Science, clinical and engineering recruitment company SRG has been accredited with Investors in People Silver status.

Setting the standard for better people management since 1991, Investors in People defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people for sustained success. Companies achieving Investors in People status are regarded as the very best in the world when it comes to managing their talent. The four levels of accreditation are Accredited, Silver, Gold and Platinum. SRG’s Silver status puts it in the top 3% of IIP-accredited businesses in the UK.

Kelly Morton, Managing Director for SRG, said: “Considering this was our first application to IIP, achieving Silver is a fantastic achievement.”

The Investors in People standard assesses organisations on: leading and inspiring people; living their company values; empowering and involving people; managing performance; recognising and rewarding high performance; structuring work; building capability; delivering continuous improvement; and creating sustainable success.

As well as describing the capabilities that organisations need in order to succeed, the standard also highlights the small steps they can take to achieve excellence. For SRG, Silver accreditation represents what they hope will be the beginning of a longer journey. Morton continued: “Whilst there are a number of areas that we need to focus on to move SRG towards Gold, then Platinum, we are in a very strong position to continue on our journey towards excellence. I’d like to thank every member of the SRG team for their contribution and I look forward to working with them to attain even higher accreditation in the future.”

Working in the science, engineering, clinical, pharmaceutical, food/FMCG, renewable, biotech, chemicals and medical devices sectors, SRG offers a range of services to suit varying recruitment needs, including: temporary, permanent, contract, full-time and part-time recruitment; full outsourcing; and expert recruitment advice and consultation.
SRG to open new office in Boston, Massachusetts
We’re delighted to announce that SRG will be expanding its North American footprint with the opening of a new office in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Our North America operation specialises in clinical research staffing across clinical operations, biometrics, scientific, regulatory affairs, drug safety and pharmaceutical engineering. This will be SRG’s second North America office location, having originally set up in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Boston operation will allow SRG to expand its reach across North America’s east coast, providing expert clinical research staffing and recruitment services to the broad based clinical research community.

Practice Director Shane Wilkins will lead the Boston team with driving the recruitment of roles such as: clinical research associates, clinical study managers, clinical project managers, clinical trial associates, SAS programmers, statistical programmers, biostatisticians, clinical data managers, drug safety associates, medical writers, analytical chemists, formulation chemists, molecular biologists, lab technicians and process engineers.

The new office will be located at 300 Trade Center, Suite 3610, Woburn, MA 01801.

Whether you’re a hiring manager looking for the best talent or you’re a job seeker looking for the best opportunities in the North America region, please feel free to contact Shane to discuss your needs.

For UK enquires please contact Neil Hayward and for European enquiries please contact Ben Jaggers
Get to know our Operations Manager of the North West, Alison Jones
Get to know our Operations Manager of the North West, Alison Jones, in this article published by Elements. Alison gives insight to her role at SRG and shares her opinion on the chemicals sector. Read now.
SRG launches 2017 Salary Survey in conjunction with New Scientist
Discussing the latest salary and market trends in the science industry, the report is based on over 3,000 responses from SRG’s global database and the readership of New Scientist magazine. The report provides the science industry’s most comprehensive overview of salaries and benefits as well as outlining the economic and political factors currently affecting the industry. 
Kelly Morton, Managing Director, said: “As we head towards an uncertain future, confidence will be key. Our respondents have understandably mixed views on how Brexit will affect the industry: 45% believe it will have a significant impact on their business and 44% believe it will have only a minor impact. There are signs that science can continue to thrive in these uncertain times and many employers are clearly thinking about the future by running graduate, industrial and apprenticeship schemes to help create a pipeline of talent.”
Indeed, SRG’s report suggests that scientists remain positive despite this uncertain outlook. Kelly continued: “Even though they’re under more pressure than ever before and many find their jobs stressful, science professionals are positive about both their employer and their industry. We very much hope that this positivity will allow both candidates and their employers to ride the tide of uncertainty with confidence.”
Comparing salaries, bonuses and benefits across the science industry, SRG’s 2017 Salary Survey provides a useful benchmarking tool for hiring managers and job seekers alike.  
SRG selects star females in support of global women in science day
SRG picked its female science stars in support of International Day of Women and Girls in Science and members of the team were photographed holding a specially-prepared poster featuring the name of their most inspirational female scientist.

Managing Director Kelly Morton was particularly keen to get involved: “My choice is Rosalind Franklin, a chemist who made a huge contribution to our understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite. But there are countless other hugely talented female scientists who have really led the way in their fields. SRG is very proud to be part of International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017 and in asking our team to share their picks, we hope to raise awareness of this important global event and to generate productive debate.”

Established in December 2015 as the result of a UN resolution calling for an international day recognising the role of women and girls in science and technology, the initiative aims to promote female participation in education, training and research activities at all levels. The resolution declared 11th February every year as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

As Kelly continued, there’s still plenty of work to do: “A study conducted in 14 countries reveals that the probabilities of female students graduating with a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degree in science-related fields are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages for male students are 37%, 18% and 6%. International Day of Women and Girls in Science aims to change this through the full and equal participation of females in science, eliminating gender inequality and empowering women and girls to continue to achieve great things.”
SRG attains level 1 Disability Confident status
SRG has been named a Disability Confident Committed Employer.

Established by the Department for Work and Pensions, the Disability Confident Scheme aims to help businesses successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. By providing the tools, guidance, advice and recognition that employers need to recruit from the widest possible pool of talent, the scheme ensures that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. This accreditation recognises SRG’s hard work in addressing the needs of disabled employees and candidates.

Kelly Morton, Managing Director of SRG, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have achieved level 1 accreditation in the Disability Confident Scheme. We hope that this will demonstrate our longstanding commitment to supporting those with disabilities and provide a clear message both for our employees, and any other disabled people who might be interested in joining SRG, that we have a positive approach to employing disabled people.”

Disability Confident Committed Employer status represents level 1 of the three-tiered scheme, which is designed to support businesses on their Disability Confident journey. A company at level 2 is known as a Disability Confident Employer while an employer at level 3, the top level, is known as a Disability Confident Leader.

Accordingly, Kelly was keen to stress that SRG’s disability journey is far from over. She continued: “Although we’ve made some fantastic progress, there’s a lot of work still to do. As part of our commitment, we will ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible; communicate and promote vacancies; offer an interview to disabled people; anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required; support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work; and carry out at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people. I’d like to thank our employees for their help in getting us to level 1 and I look forward to working with them to continue progressing SRG’s Disability Confident journey.”
SRG puts Newcastle office expansion plans into motion
Science, clinical and engineering recruiter SRG has expanded its Newcastle office with the addition of two new recruiters.
Joining the team are Associate Consultants Richard McDermott and Luke Argent, who arrive in response to growing demand for specialist recruitment services in the North East.
Speaking about the recruitment company’s plans for the coming months, Operations Manager Kimberley Warren commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Richard and Luke to our team. During recent months, it’s become very apparent that there’s significant demand for our expert recruitment services across the North East region. Our clients very much appreciate the value of having a specialist recruitment partner with a genuine understanding of their market and the kind of people they need to help grow their business. We’re therefore extremely keen to continue expanding our office in order to satisfy this demand.”
The Newcastle team will continue to support clients across various industries including pharmaceutical, chemicals, polymers and biotechnology, covering the North East, Humberside and Cumbria regions.
Kimberley added: “With a real focus on delivering a quality service, this developing office puts a real emphasis on tailoring our unique offering to meet our clients’ needs. Our small yet growing team have varied backgrounds across the scientific industries, making us well-placed to meet the ever-changing recruitment needs of our clients in the region. We’re hoping to add some more new faces as the year progresses. In the meantime, whether you’re looking for the best jobs or the best talent, please come and see us.”
Working in the science, engineering, clinical, pharmaceutical, food/FMCG, renewable, biotech, chemicals and medical devices sectors, SRG offers a range of services to suit varying recruitment needs, including: temporary, permanent, contract, full-time and part-time recruitment; full outsourcing of a company’s entire temporary/permanent recruitment; and expert recruitment advice and consultation.
SRG Charity partner, When You Wish Upon a Star
We’re delighted to have raised £8,042.79 in 2016 for our nominated charity, When You Wish Upon a Star. SRG partnered with When You Wish Upon a Star over five and a half years ago and have raised a grand total of £61,839.89.
When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness, aged 2-16 years. Our Wishes have the power to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and since 1990 we have proudly granted over 16,500 Wishes across the UK.
SRG appoints new Director for its Clinical division
SRG has appointed Marianna Suckova as Director of Clinical, based in London.
Marianna Suckova brings extensive knowledge of Drug Development along with a notable pedigree in sales activities, recruitment, change management and people leadership.
Kelly Morton, SRG’s Managing Director, said: “I am thrilled that Marianna chose to join SRG and I am very much looking forward to working with her to further expand SRG’s UK and international capabilities. With over 15 years’ experience of building and growing highly successful international clinical recruitment businesses, we’re confident that Marianna will be able to help our Clinical division go from strength to strength.”
SRG’s Clinical division serves a broad portfolio of customers, from emerging SMEs to leading multi-national organisations. The recruiter’s strategy to build its resourcing capabilities across the complete drug development pipeline has seen significant growth within its Clinical division.
Kelly Morton added: “Over 75% of SRG’s revenue comes from the life sciences sector. Combining extensive drug development knowledge with considerable recruitment expertise, Marianna is well-positioned not only to manage the fantastic recent growth of our Clinical division but also to accelerate it. We’re very much hopeful that Marianna’s appointment will help cement and strengthen SRG’s existing position as the UK’s number one scientific recruitment agency.”
Top 10 Innovations of 2016
After a year of seemingly endless bad news, the Scientist is ending it on a positive note by celebrating the transformative life-science advances of the past twelve months. Their ‘Top 10 Innovations 2016’ contains some well-deserving winners, including the creation of kidney tissue using 3D bioprinting, a microfluidic device that speeds up mass spectrometry using minimum sample volumes and a 4.2 megapixel camera that has a built-in algorithm to reduce shot noise (thus preventing damage to samples).

You can read this mind-blowing list of technological marvels by clicking the link here.
SRG is one of the Top 3 Largest Clinical/Scientific Staffing Firms
SRG are delighted to be named one of the top 3 largest clinical/scientific staffing firms by the Staffing Industry Analysts, the global advisors on staffing and workforce solutions.
With an annual growth of 18% and an increase in market share of 10%, we’ve seen an incredible boost to the business that has contributed to further establishing SRG as a recognised authority within the industry. 
For more information, you can visit the Staffing Industry Analysts website by clicking here.
Seminars on the latest insight, knowledge and expertise from SRG

Using the latest research, Russell Beck, Impellam’s Head of Consulting, delivers regular thought-provoking seminars on the very latest issues affecting the working world. Topics include attrition and motivation, managing a multi-generational workforce, consultative selling, employee engagement and the future of work.

View our current seminars and register your attendance. 

SRG’s got all the gifts
Thanks to everyone who voted for their Seasonal Stars! 

Many congratulations to our winners – you’ve really made a difference to your colleagues and to your industry as a whole in the last 12 months! Enjoy your £250 of shopping vouchers! 

For each nomination we received, we made a £5 donation to the children’s charity When you Wish Upon a Star.

Check out our video for more on Seasonal Stars...and to see what we’ve been getting up to over the festive period.
SRG Finalists at RIDI Awards
The RIDI Awards are the recruitment industry's only disability awards. RIDI is the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative and the RIDI ambition is to drive change in recruitment and remove the barriers faced by the millions of disabled people who are entering or progressing through the job market.

SRG were finalists the in 2 categories: 

* Getting Started (we had to evidence our support and expertise to disabled candidates pre and post offer, show that we make timely and effective adjustments as required and improve candidate/employee/client experience).
* Individual Choice (we had to show in the words of a candidate how we offered guidance and support throughout the recruitment process, evidence the disability confidence and competence of the recruiter and relay the positive impact and outcome for the candidate).
Introducing the SRG Salary Survey 2016

Our 2016 Salary Survey is here! In partnership with New Scientist, we have put together the most comprehensive overview of salaries, bonuses, benefits, employee ratings and hiring tools in the industry.

Whether you’re a job hunter or an employer, our report is your number one source of information on all the latest salary and market trends.

Many thanks to the 4,000 science, clinical and engineering professionals who took the time to fill in our survey, giving us a veritable goldmine of useful information to share with the industry.

Request a free copy of our comprehensive report.

SRG raises over £9,000 for children’s charities
We are delighted to have raised in excess of £9,000 for our nominated charity, When You Wish Upon a Star.

Aiming to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, When You Wish Upon a Star has been making a difference to children’s lives since 1990 and we’re really proud to support them.

In addition to this, we have taken part in various other charitable activities including the Macmillan Coffee Morning, raising £252.29 and Christmas Jumper Day, raising £104 for Save the Children. 

A big thank you to all our clients and candidates who donated and to everyone at SRG for all their efforts.