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Your research and development recruitment questions, answered

What is essential to include in a job description when looking for research and development candidates?

You should clearly state the qualifications and technical skills that are required for the research and development role in the job description. In order to attract the best candidates you should also include the soft skills that will help a candidate to succeed in a research and development role, like adaptability, communication and interpersonal skills.

What employee benefits do research and development professionals expect?

A recent report on salary and recruiting trends indicates that research and development professionals would like employers to offer working from home and flexible working arrangements, as well as mental health and wellbeing support.

How can businesses promote equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) when recruiting research and development professionals?

It is important for businesses to communicate their ED&I strategy both internally and externally, so that potential research and development candidates can learn about a company’s ED&I plans and priorities. Offering flexible working options for research and development roles will also help businesses to attract a diverse range of candidates.

How can employers support the learning and development of their research and development professionals?

Online learning and development tools are an effective way to upskill employees in research and development roles at scale. Training platforms, such as Hays Thrive, can be used by organisations to offer tailored programmes that focus on key areas of employee development.

Should employers be looking to hire temporary or permanent staff for research and development roles?

There are different circumstances whereby companies might want to hire temporary or permanent staff for research and development roles. If a company needs additional support on a project with a specific end date, then recruiting temporary research and development staff might be the best option. However, if the role consists of long-term projects and ongoing tasks then the company might want to recruit a permanent research and development staff member.

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