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MedComms Networking - 03 July 2018
We had a great turnout at last week's Open MedComms Careers Event in London. Nearly 100 delegates and more than 50 MedComms specialists chatted about career options. Thanks everyone. Here are a couple of quotes from delegates...
"I just wanted to say thank you for organising such a great event yesterday, I found it very interesting and useful. I certainly met some great people and picked up a lot of pointers for improving my job search! It was my first medcomms event and I look forward to attending similar events in the future."
"It was a really great day yesterday and very worthwhile. I am glad I had the opportunity to attend. Overall, I found it extremely informative and the interaction during the Q and A session was excellent. Initially, I thought an hour of Q and A would drag on a bit but the time went so quick and I would have been happy to sit there for another hour."
The next Open Careers Event is back in Manchester on 13 September. Fourteen agencies will join us there; Adelphi Communications, AMICULUM, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Chameleon Medical Communications, DRG Abacus, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Group, HealthCare21 Communications, Helios Medical Communications, inScience Communications, Lucid Group, McCann Complete Medical, Nucleus Global and Prime Global.
It really does help everyone across MedComms if you'll all now help spread the word and tell any relevant others about the programme and registration details.
An obvious question at the careers events is along the lines of, "so, what are my future prospects like if I join MedComms?" Only one element of that question may be about salary and benefits but you can't blame anyone for asking that. There's really not much information out there. So hopefully it's interesting that the 2018 Healthcare Communication Salary and Workforce Insight Report is now freely available from Paramount Recruitment. Nearly 650 healthcare communications professionals completed the survey, which covered topics such as:
Average salaries for each main role in the UK
Salary breakdown by gender and region
Benefits received by employees
Pay rise expected
What attracts candidates to roles
What employers are looking for from candidates
Future demand for skills in the sector
It's a shame we didn't attract more respondents from outside the UK and it's always important to approach this sort of survey data with caution, but it's surely interesting food for thought. Do you agree?
Tomorrow's Brunch Club meeting includes Daniel Clifton from Paramount presenting the results so we can add a webcast to NetworkPharma.tv - join us if you can and let's chat about what the results might mean in practice.
Enjoy your week. Oh, did you see the latest disclosure figures are out from the ABPI? Something else to blame on GDPR apparently. For 2017 an estimated 49.1% of healthcare professionals receiving payments or benefits in kind have data published against their name. That's a 16 percentage points drop from 2016 (64.9%). Oh! Never mind, we're still aiming for 100%, apparently.
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