Sharp rise in demand for biotech workers
Demand for biotechnology workers rose sharply during the first quarter of 2010, after new hiring was essentially frozen in 2009, and there is a shortage of workers in all fields, according to a placement agency Nisha Group survey ahead of the Israel Life Science Industry's (ILSI) Israel Biomed Week next month.
The survey found the greatest growth was in engineering development sectors, where demand is up over 200%. Demand for executives, researchers, and chemists rose 30%, and demand for marketing staff rose over 80%.
Nisha Biotech director Lizi Shuv London said, "The figures are definitely encouraging, but let there be no mistake: the growth is still far below the peak of 2008."
Despite the growth in demand for workers, salary levels are steady.
In the medical devices industry, experience is not required, and biomedical engineers can get a job at NIS 10,000-16,000 a month. Machine engineers with three years experience can earn up to NIS 22,000 a month, and clinical VPs can earn up to NIS 40,000 a month.
In biotechnology, people with university degrees but no experience can only get jobs in marketing, at an average salary of NIS 6,000 a month, including a car and mobile phone. In contrast, there is a shortage of experienced biochemists and in quality control, regulation, and clinical fields. Salaries for managers in these areas can reach NIS 40,000-50,000 a month.
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