Today, in life sciences the search for CRAs with (relevant) experience is far-reaching. We noticed, however, it is not always easy to find experienced profiles. We tackled this issue by doing a little study and uncovering what’s happening in today’s market.
In the chart below, the average required experience for CRA jobs is indicated with the green line. (If a range of experience is asked, e.g. 1 to 5 years of experience, we averaged the range, e.g. 3 years in this particular case). The same was done for today’s (average) CRA experience; here indicated with the blue line.
From the chart, we see that CRAs with 1 to 4 years of experience largely exceeds availability. Our discussions with company executives confirm that companies are less likely to employ starters; they feel that new employees must be immediately operational.
There is a danger in this evolution!
There is a danger in this evolution. If the trend continues, this gap, indicated where the blue line (CRA candidates) dips, will become larger and larger making it more difficult to find CRAs with 4-5 years experience in the future. In the light of this problem, we are curious about your opinion.