The outlook for 2010 is positive with nearly three times as many companies as last year forecasting an increased requirement for permanent staff. This should be particularly apparent in sectors such as biotechnology, environmental and oil/gas/petrochemicals sectors.
The survey - now in its fourth year - asked 554 UK employers of scientists a series of questions, including:
- Compared with one year ago, is your company finding it easier or more difficult to recruit scientific personnel?
- Is your company using more or less permanent full time scientific staff or contract/temporary scientific staff?
- Looking ahead over the next 12 months, will your company be looking to increase or decrease the number of permanent scientific staff?
It concluded that almost three times as many companies (29.5%) are looking to increase the numbers of permanent scientific staff they use in 2010 compared with the 10.5% looking to decrease numbers of scientists.
Visit the SRG website to read the full survey.