December 1, 2020

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The pharmaceutical and chemical sector continues to recruit despite corona risk …

The pharmaceutical and chemical sector continues to recruit despite corona risk ...

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More than a quarter of pharmaceutical and chemical companies expect to hire more employees in 2020 than originally planned. This is the result of the annual job barometer used by the trade association essenscia Flanders to assess employment trends in this sector.

This year, 7 out of 10 chemical and pharmaceutical companies will hire as much or even more than originally assumed. The total number of recruits remains at 3,200, as forecast at the beginning of the year before the pandemic broke out. Although the situation differs from company to company, the industry says. More than a quarter of the companies plan to hire more employees, 30 percent will hire a little less.

The sector also currently has 983 vacancies. No specific work experience is required for a third of these vacancies. Technical TSO talents are still in demand, especially maintenance technicians, plastics converters and process operators.

The rest of the vacancies are aimed at technical and scientific talent with a higher level of education. These are professional bachelor’s degrees from disciplines such as electromechanics, biotechnology and chemistry. Engineers and scientists are particularly popular for master’s degrees.

The uncertain economic situation makes companies cautious in their forecasts for the next year, although a large number are sticking to the expected number of hires.