Clinical Operations | Cpl Salary Guide for Ireland
Clinical Operations | Cpl Salary Guide for Ireland

Clinical Operations, Research & Development


Using A Cohesive Strategy to Source the Right Talent

The complexity of talent shortages, the demand for new skills, and the high levels of activity in the clinical operations, research and development (R&D) sector mean that companies need to formulate a cohesive talent strategy. This strategy should encompass various elements, including employer value proposition (EVP), talent attraction, sourcing, as well as assessment and continuous upskilling. This approach is essential to ensure that companies have the talent they need to thrive in 2024.

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Using A Cohesive Strategy to Source the Right Talent

The Clinical Operations Industry Will Continue to Grow Through 2024

​All indications point towards continued growth in recruitment requirements within the clinical operations space for 2024, with organisations seeking professionals who can provide a competitive edge. The global clinical trials market reached $48.68 billion in 2022 and is predicted to hit $83.55 billion by 2032, with a registered compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% during the forecast period.

Five top universities offer a diverse range of life science courses. This, coupled with the expanding employment market, makes life science-related degrees particularly appealing to undergraduates. This has resulted in an abundance of clinical operations talent in Ireland.

Clinical research and trials play a critical role in the advancement of new drugs and vaccines, especially within the MedTech and diagnostics sectors. At Cpl, we take pride in collaborating with both global and indigenous companies that provide clinical trial services. Through our partnerships, we contribute to the development of treatments that diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.

The Most In-Demand Qualifications for Clinical Operation Roles

It is essential to stay abreast of new trends and regulations in the life science sector. Clinical research stands out as a rapidly growing field, leading to an increased demand for clinical researchers and abundant career growth opportunities.

Within clinical research, there is a diverse range of positions available, spanning from entry-level roles to senior management. Career paths can extend into academia through major universities with clinical trials programmes. Alternatively, within the industry, individuals may choose to work directly for contract research organisations (CROs), pharmaceutical companies, or within the MedTech sector.

Graduates aspiring to enter clinic operations have a variety of disciplines to choose from, including life sciences degrees such as biochemistry and biology.

For those entering the MedTech industry, candidates with backgrounds in engineering or biomedical engineering can leverage their skills to transition into clinical trials.

When contemplating a move into clinical research, other potential positions to consider include roles in regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, and medical information.

The Top Benefits Clinical Operation Professionals Can Expect

Pharmaceuticals and CROs offer competitive salaries and a wide range of varying benefits.

The majority of candidates working in the clinical sector can expect fully remote or hybrid working opportunities. Behind remuneration, flexible working arrangements are currently one of the most important aspects for candidates when considering a career move. To help meet talent demand, clients are becoming more accommodating to candidate's work-life balance expectations.

Key benefits considered as the minimum include:

  • Hybrid or fully remote working models

  • Competitive salaries

  • Performance-based bonuses

  • 25 days annual leave

  • Pension

  • Life assurance cover

  • Private health insurance

Companies should also consider that the salary range for clinical professionals can vary widely based on factors, including experience level, location, specialisations, and industry trends.

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