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

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.

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As chief executive of Randstad Enterprise, Mike Smith intentionally drives a culture of innovation and collaboration across our Enterprise businesses to build long-term client relationships with the world’s largest corporations. He consistently brings Randstad's “tech and touch” thinking to client conversations to solve complex talent challenges and create sustainable business value and agility.

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