Greater need for chemical & process engineers predicted
Published on: Friday, 15 October 2010
A new report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, published by Forfás today, finds that an appropriately skilled workforce will be critical for the Irish biopharma-pharmachem sector to meet the significant challenges it faces. Patent expiries coupled with global consolidation are changing the face of the industry. The study finds that while some job losses are inevitable in the pharmachem sector, these are likely to be balanced by job gains between 2010 and 2015. Gains are predicted at the higher technical levels, including engineers. Additional jobs are forecast in the biopharma sector and in new activities for pharmachem companies, including higher value added activities such as process and product development, and services such as supply-chain management and corporate services. The study concludes that if the industry succeeds in transforming to these new activities, employment in the next five years is likely to hold firm.