What is the Role of a Pharmaceutical Recruitment Agency?

Written by: Lucy Walters
Published on: 26 Aug 2021

Role of a Pharma Recruitment AgencyPharmaceutical recruitment agencies act as the bridge between pharma companies and candidates, helping to match the right candidates to the right vacancies. Recruitment agencies can be a great way of identifying hard to find or specialised talent, and of taking a company’s roles to candidates outside of its own network.

Many agencies provide support throughout the entire recruitment process, from posting the job to helping candidates prepare for their first day, streamlining the whole process and supporting recruiters in the competitive pharma job market.

In this article, we list 14 of the top pharma recruitment agencies, with an outline of their services and specialisms…


AL Solutions are dedicated to making a difference in the Life Science recruitment industry and see themselves as market leaders within the Life Science Biometrics sector.

Barrington James

A highly effective provider of HR solutions up to full RPO, successfully working with pharma, medical devices and healthcare companies across the globe.


CHASE guide candidates through every step of the recruitment process, helping them secure the perfect job within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

CK Clinical

One of the UK’s leading specialist clinical recruitment companies, working with businesses ranging from small, independent start-ups to global blue-chip pharmaceuticals to provide quality staff.

Cpl Life Sciences

Cpl Life Sciences takes a flexible approach to matching candidate expectations and finding the right positions in the best locations. Their teams are experts in their pharmaceutical markets, both geographically and technically.

DOCS Global

DOCS provides global strategic resourcing and FSP services to the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. They have grown to become the premier resourcing provider for the clinical development industry.

Hobson Prior

A leading specialist life sciences recruiter focused on finding and placing outstanding candidates across Europe and the Asia Pacific.

ID Search & Selection

Based in Surrey, UK, ID Search & Selection specialise in presenting medical communications professionals to both medical communications agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

i-Pharm Consulting

An award-winning international life sciences recruitment company focused on connecting top talent with the very best opportunities.

Marketplace Technical

Established in 2007, Marketplace Technical is an independent specialist recruiter, dedicated to providing continued support aligned to the ongoing requirements of both clients and candidates.

NonStop Consulting

An international recruitment consultancy renowned for a high level of service, professionalism, unrivalled industry knowledge and extensive industry networks, with over 100 multilingual recruiters covering Europe’s life sciences industry.

Paramount Recruitment

Paramount Recruitment specialises in recruiting within healthcare advertising, biotechnology, pharma software, market access and HEOR in industry and academia.

Planet Pharma Staffing Limited

With a dedicated team of highly experienced professionals, Planet Pharma provides recruitment support to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

RBW Consulting

A specialist pharmaceutical, HR, medical devices, data science and IT recruitment company. With a dedicated team of specialist consultants, RBW offers a truly global coverage to clients and candidates.


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