PG wrote:I am in the Stockholm region. We do see candidates being hired for companies throughout this area including Stockholm, Uppsala and Mälardalen including smaller cities such as for example Västerås. This includes but is not limited to Consultant firms that are doing aggressive hiring of people with a few years of industry experience. Personally I Think this is a combination of several factors includding an improvement of the general market but also the fact that the people who left some of the major pharma companies during large cut backs a number of years ago are now out of circulation ie they have found new positions either within this field or moved on to doing other things.
Importantly although people with industry experience seem to be high up on the wish list for different companies we also see relatively inexperienced and people with fresh degrees sometimes getting more than one offer and we have lost candidates that we have believed to be safe due to them finding positions for example in a geographical area closer to were they currently live.
I have to agree that's the trend in Sweden/Scandanavia. Many of the pharmas in those Areas to include Nycomed, LEO, AZ, and more recently Novo Nordisk have undergood Job cuts for a variety of reasons. Many of my CPH based colleauges (some were from SWE and communted accross the Malmo Bridge) where unable to find Jobs an started their own consultancies or joined others. There has been a General upswing in 3rd Party Service Providers based in Scandavia, with..scandanvian Prices mind you. In genaral i'm Hearing from my ex-colleagues that there is alot of work on the consultancy side (the pharma's did lay off, but the work remained) and are reporting "growth" - hense the hiring you hear off of Folks with lesser experiences. The buzz off is high there and again pointing to Networking in relatively closed netword circles (hard to Access).
Here in Switzerland, we a couple years behind you, companies are consistently let go employees (there is no growing Company here, all are in revenue decline mode) and some are just looking bluntly to move head-count out of here to save on FTE and operations costs in attemps to preserve mid-term EBIT (Swiss Prices are high and the strong CHF is not helping if you consider Need to adjust for fx rates). Displaced employees are only now finding new footing, in part, by starting their own companies or joining others who have. The early pioneer are reporting that they have plenty of work to the Point where they are turning down Client requests for contract work, unless they hire. I can say here, unless networked in relatively closed circles, you will get the buzz off. Its basically global competition in a small economy and schrinking pharma industry sector, if everybody is not trying to get here, then everyone is trying to stay here. What can I say, Swiss Quality of life is hard to beat globally...save for its historic competitor that often wins..Scandanavia (Denmark). So buzz off is high here to the Point of bad behvior linked to buzz off.
Way of the world, i dont see it getting better in my sector/area.