Unique Trends of the Scientific Staffing Industry

By Anne Meagher on October 27, 2015

Staffing in the scientific industry generally operates on a cyclical basis. Hiring will fluctuate depending on the company’s project cycle. For instance if a company is in the product development stage, positions in research and development might be the top priority. But once this stage is completed, R&D positions may be cut in order to focus efforts on a different area like quality assurance. Because cyclical positions are periodic, hiring permanent employees isn’t the most efficient course of action.

scientific staffingAn effective solution for cyclical hiring is utilizing contract or seasonal employees. Seasonal positions allow you to hire more employees leading up to and during the company’s busy season without having to retain these employees when needs decrease. For example, the candy industry has its busiest season during holiday months. Companies begin their holiday preparations by hiring seasonal employees in the summer to keep up with increased workloads. Once the season ends in January or February, needs decrease and these positions are no longer necessary.

In the paint industry, springtime brings a similar need for increased personnel. Companies will begin seasonal hiring in the fall and winter months to prepare, and positions will last until their output is no longer required. Enlisting the help of a scientific staffing firm is a great way to find quality seasonal talent when you need it most. 

Scientific staffing firms specialize in sourcing and placing skilled scientific professionals at all experience levels to fit within cyclical demands. Biologists, chemists and lab technicians are among the many positions that are essential in preparing for a company’s peak workload. Below are some common positions that scientific staffing firms place:

  • Lab Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Lab Assistant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • R&D Chemist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Regulatory Specialist
  • Quality Control (QC) Technician
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Lab Manager

Whether you’re looking for a temporary lab scientist or a seasonal lab assistant, scientific staffing firms have a deep understanding of short term hiring trends within the industry and are experts at placing contract employees to satisfy specific needs.

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Anne Meagher

Anne Meagher

Anne Meagher is a Vice President of Business Development at Messina Group. Anne has been with Messina for more than 20 years, and over that time she has helped top-performing companies fill their staffing needs for proven engineering, scientific, and laboratory personnel. Anne enjoys volunteering, baking, and spending time with her family. She is passionate about staying active and recently completed her first half marathon.

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