In 2014 new graduates were likely to start on a salary of at least £25,000, those with a relevant postgraduate MSc could expect about £30,000. Starting salaries for recruits with a PhD were higher. Employees can normally also expect a bonus and other benefits such as sports facilities, private healthcare and pensions.
Our organisation does not have the infrastructure to organise work experience or industrial placements on behalf of others, please refer to the Pharmaceutical recruiters section of the website for details on companies that you can contact directly. Alternatively, speak with your university department or careers service.
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Placements are advertised the summer or autumn before they start. Often the deadline for applicants is at or before the end of October.
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A pre-registration pack has been developed by several pharmaceutical companies that offer placements; you can download a copy of it from this site. You could also search the Pharmaceutical recruiters section of this website for companies that offer industrial placements, this will include companies who offer pre-registration placements. You will then have to contact them directly.
You may be interested in the commercial or support areas of the industry. The Case studies area of the website may give you some ideas of areas where you could work. We recommend you approach our member companies directly through the Pharmaceutical recruiters section of the website for specific job vacancy information.
As the ABPI is a trade association, rather than a pharmaceutical company, we do not get involved with the recruitment of people into the industry, you would need to contact individual pharmaceutical companies, or look for vacancies on their websites. Information on pharmaceutical companies is available through the Pharmaceutical recruiters section of the website.
Please contact the General Pharmaceutical Council regarding your enquiry as they register pharmacists in the UK, their web address is https://www.pharmacyregulation.org. They will be able to advise you on whether you would be able to work as a clinical pharmacist in the UK with your qualifications. They also have an industrial pharmacy section that may be able to help with industry related enquiries. The Pharmaceutical recruiters section of our careers website has links to individual pharmaceutical company websites. Jobs are often advertised through company websites.
The pharmaceutical industry is a worldwide industry, many companies set up their Research and Development sites (as well as Manufacturing and Marketing) in multiple countries, for instance AstraZeneca has a site at Bangalore in India – www.astrazenecaindia.com. Use the internet to explore the companies that are represented in the country you wish to work in.
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I have been surprised by the number of pharmacists I have come across, they are literally everywhere from discovery to marketing.