EFGSN Report 8,400 potential jobs in BioPharma Industry

8 Aug 2016

Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches report on the skills needs of the Biopharma industry

Up to 8,400 job openings to arise in the sector to 2020  read EFGSN report here

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today Monday 8th August, launched a new report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EFGSN) on the Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland. The objective of the study is to review the supply of, and demand for, skills for the Biopharma industry in Ireland up to 2020.

Launching the report, Minister Mitchell O'Connor said, “The Biopharma industry makes an important contribution to the Irish economy in terms of employment and manufacturing exports. The sector employs over 28,000 people and creates significant secondary employment in construction and other services when investment in new plants is under way. A significant number of Biopharma investment announcements have been made recently by IDA Ireland across the regions, with a potential capital value in the order of €4 billion. The availability of people with the right skills and talent to work in Biopharma will be critical to the continued growth of the industry as these investments come on stream. The report by the EGFSN into the future skills needs of the sector is therefore timely, and will help industry and Government to take the necessary steps to ensure that skills supply to the sector can be met.”

The Minister for Training Skills and innovation, John Halligan T.D, said, “The Biopharma industry provides a range of excellent employment opportunities across all levels of the manufacturing process, from technicians, engineers, and scientists, to management and support staff. I would encourage students to consider the many rewarding career opportunities available in this growing industry. It is anticipated that 8,400 potential job openings will arise in the Biopharma industry in the period to 2020, between expansion and replacement demand. The Expert Group’s report suggests that the quantity of skills supply required to meet the needs of the industry should be available, through a mix of graduate intake, upskilling of those seeking employment, and continuous professional development of those already working in the sector.”