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Multi-disciplined life science professionals will be highly sought after in 2016: Randstad

Nurdianah Md Nur | Jan. 14, 2016
Such professionals in Singapore can expect a salary raise of 3 to 5 percent, with bonuses averaging between one to two months.

Professionals in the life science sector in Singapore are increasingly expected to be well-rounded as industry requirements evolve, according to Randstad.

With countries in the Southeast Asian region stepping up their R&D and manufacturing capabilities in the life science industry, employers will be looking for candidates who can optimise operations in the region for R&D, supply chain and corporate support functions.

There will also be a high demand for candidates in the biotechnology industry with the capability to transit into commercial roles. These professionals typically possess strong technical capabilities, as well as the understanding and ability to demonstrate clearly what their products can do. They also have a high capacity to empathise with the end user, making them strong technical sales people.

"In addition to having technical knowledge, companies in the biotech industry are also seeking talent who possess strong interpersonal, communication and business development skills," said Johari Masod, Associate Director for Life Science at Randstad Singapore.

Besides that, scientists who are able to work across multiple disciplines -- such as chemistry, biology, semiconductors, infocommunications and IT -- will be highly sought after.  In particular, there is an increasing demand for scientists with biochemical and tech experience. "Developing, for example, new diagnostics equipment, no longer just relies on making products that are accurate, reliable, easy to use and cheap to run. Scientists must have the ability to innovate and develop tools that also have additional functions, such as capabilities for big data collection and the Internet of Things," added Masod.

Professionals in the life science industry in Singapore with skills described above can expect a salary increase of 3 to 5 percent in 2016, with bonuses averaging between one to two months, said Randstad.


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