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Delve Deeper - Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance careers


Drug safety jobs and pharmacovigilance positions are found throughout the medical industry, in settings including clinical research organisations, the NHS, biotechnology firms and pharmaceuticals companies.


Drug safety and pharmacovigilance is an extremely important element of the development, trialling, marketing and continued use of any medication. The people in these roles are responsible for monitoring the safety of the products, with duties including detecting, assessing and preventing adverse events.

As a specialist in pharmaceutical recruitment, Hays Life Sciences has expert experience and knowledge in filling vacancies in drug safety and pharmacovigilance. We can help businesses find temporary or permanent staff in mid to upper level positions. We can also recruit individuals, as well as full project teams for roles in pharmacovigilance and drug safety.

About a career in drug safety or pharmacovigilance

Those seeking a role in drug safety or pharmacovigilance should hold a life sciences degree or a nursing, pharmacy or medical degree.

There are also postgraduate courses that could be of benefit to a candidate seeking a role in this sector, such as a Master in Pharmacovigilance. This course covers a variety of important aspects of the career, including reporting, report writing, signal detection and risk management, as well as providing a thorough understanding of the regulatory bodies around the world.

For anyone looking to find a job in pharmacovigilance or drug safety, previous experience in the industry is of great value. Alternatively, a clinical background and first-hand experience with adverse reactions can be advantageous so nurses and pharmacists can also be attractive candidates.

"A career in drug safety and pharmacovigilance will generally start with a position as a drug safety associate, officer, scientist or coordinator." 

A career in drug safety and pharmacovigilance will generally start with a position as a drug safety associate, officer, scientist or coordinator. Responsibilities will then progress to senior specialist or management roles, often with an in-depth knowledge of a specialty area, such as medical writing, auditing, medical affairs or quality assurance.

Finding a pharmacovigilance job or drug safety position abroad can also be a great opportunity for those seeking a career in this sector and opportunities are prevalent, although generally in the larger companies.

Remuneration for a position in drug safety and pharmacovigilance can vary greatly, with factors including the company, the location, the candidate's experience and the requirements of the role. In most cases, somebody working in a drug safety or pharmacovigilance function will earn a yearly salary of between £25,000 and £60,000.

What jobs are available in drug safety and pharmacovigilance?

Jobs in drug safety and pharmacovigilance exist in both permanent and contract arrangements. Temporary agreements can last from three to 12 months, with many of these positions being for drug safety medical writers or interim pharmacovigilance physicians.

Drug safety associates and officers monitor and track adverse events and reactions, as well as other medically related product information.

Senior pharmacovigilance consultants process adverse event reports sourced from various studies. The information that is gathered is then submitted to the regulatory authorities.

Drug safety managers and directors organise the processing and reporting on drug safety reports and review trial-related documents in order to monitor the drug safety profile of specific products. Responsible for medical case reviews and assessing product safety in clinical trials, drug safety physicians work to assess and obtain information about the safety of products.

Find a drug safety or pharmacovigilance job with Hays Pharma

Hays Life Sciences is a global leader in pharmaceutical recruitment, filling vacancies in over 25 countries for a variety of positions, including drug safety jobs and pharmacovigilance roles. We offer a range of innovative recruitment techniques, such as managed hiring and global sourcing, which have proven useful in the search for the perfect candidate.

Our extensive and detailed database of pharmaceuticals professionals ensures we have access to a wide pool of qualified applicants for roles in drug safety and pharmacovigilance. Additionally, each member of our recruitment team is highly skilled in their sector of expertise.

Our dedicated team of drug safety and pharmacovigilance recruitment experts, as well as our other pharmaceuticals recruitment specialists, are a contributing factor to our continuing success and our ability to place over 2,000 professionals every year.

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