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    SURVEY DATA

    From time to time we run online surveys of the MedComms Community about topics of general interest and make the results freely available here. They make for fascinating reading. If you have an idea for a suitable survey then please feel free to email Peter Llewellyn


    4th annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey

    In this webinar, Daniel Clifton (CEO, Paramount Recruitment) and Mike Ellingham (Marketing Consultant) review key findings from the "4th annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey", which was conducted in May 2021.

    It covers topics such as:

    * Average salaries for each main healthcare communications role in the UK
    * Salary breakdowns by gender and region
    * Benefits received by employees
    * Expected pay rises
    * What attracts candidates to roles
    * What employers are looking for from candidates
    * Future demands for skills.

    And we answer questions from the audience.

    This recording was made on 16 June 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar.

    DOWNLOAD THE SUMMARY REPORT (PDF)

    WEBCAST:


    Now what's the state of #IR35 readiness amongst #MedComms freelancers in the UK?
    February 2021

    Editor's update - there was no delay and the new rules were introduced as of 6 April 2021.

    This was a repeat of a survey conducted in February 2020, and follows a year's unexpected delay in implementation of the IR35 changes due to COVID-19. So, once again we find ourselves expecting changes to the IR35 tax rules in the UK to apply in just 7 weeks. These will surely affect the working practices and relationships between at least some freelancers and their clients in the healthcare comms and medcomms industry but, for now, it's not clear exactly how. Once again we wanted to gauge the state of readiness and attitudes amongst the UK MedComms freelance community as represented by subscribers to the MedComms Workbook service. Has the one year delay led to clients and freelancers preparing themselves properly for these changes? The one clear message is "NO!" There's still a great deal of uncertainty and confusion and, frankly, far too little communications from the clients about their plans.

    IMPORTANT - this survey ran between 4-14 February 2021. This is before the UK's Budget Statement, which is expected on 3 March 2021. So, there's still a possibility, however unlikely, that the changes will be delayed or indeed abandoned.

    Note participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and the results were then made freely available to all. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful measure of sentiment amongst our specialist community and prove useful to companies that are currently planning how working practices might need to change.

    [READ THE SHORT REPORT ON LINKEDIN]

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]


    MedComms Networking Barometer 2021
    January 2021

    This sixth annual survey of the MedComms Networking Community ran throughout January 2021. Participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and we collected responses from 612 individuals. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful barometer of sentiment amongst our specialist community, and provide a valuable insight into the development and maturity of this important business over time. The full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments. This year we collected lot of comments about home working.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]

    Note we have also filtered the data as follows:

    Freelancers only N=163
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT

    MedComms / Med Ed agencies only N=339
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    COVID-19: Challenges of home-working, a survey to inform working practice in MedComms

    In this webinar, Tim Hardman (Director, Niche Science and Technology) and Steven Walker (Director, St Gilesmedical) will review the key findings from "COVID-19: Challenges of home-working, a survey to inform working practice", a survey that ran in May-June 2020.

    It covers topics such as:

    * Home workplace arrangements
    * Emotional health
    * Working from home experience
    * Psychosocial impact of working from home
    * How working practices might change

    And we answer questions from the audience.

    This recording was made on 17 June 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar.

    DOWNLOAD THE SUMMARY REPORT (PDF)

    NOTE the full peer-reviewed paper has been published in EMWA's journal, MedicaL Writing, in March 2021; Challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey to inform working practices

    WEBCAST:


    3rd annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey

    In this webinar, Daniel Clifton (CEO, Paramount Recruitment) and Mike Ellingham (Marketing Consultant) will review key findings from the "3rd annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey", which ran in April-May 2020.

    It covers topics such as:

    * Average salaries for each main healthcare communications role in the UK
    * Salary breakdowns by gender and region
    * Benefits received by employees
    * Expected pay rises
    * What attracts candidates to roles
    * What employers are looking for from candidates
    * Future demands for skills.

    And we answer questions from the audience.

    This recording was made on 17 June 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar.

    DOWNLOAD THE SUMMARY REPORT (PDF)

    WEBCAST:


    What's the state of #IR35 readiness amongst #MedComms freelancers in the UK?
    February 2020

    It seems highly likely that changes to the IR35 tax rules in the UK will apply from 6 April 2020. These will surely affect the working practices and relationships between at least some freelancers and their clients in the healthcare comms and medcomms industry but, for now, it's not clear exactly how. We wanted to gauge the state of readiness and attitudes amongst the UK MedComms freelance community as represented by subscribers to the MedComms Workbook service.

    IMPORTANT - this survey ran between 18-23 February 2020. This was before the UK's Budget Statement, which is expected on 11 March 2020. So, there's a possibility, however unlikely, that the changes will be delayed or indeed abandoned.

    Note participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and the results were then made freely available to all. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful measure of sentiment amongst our specialist community and prove useful to companies that are currently planning how working practices might need to change.

    [READ THE SHORT REPORT ON LINKEDIN]

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]


    Why do you want to be a #MedComms Freelancer?
    February 2020

    "In these days of ultra-flexible employment packages, what exactly is the appeal of 'being a freelancer'?". I asked the #MedComms Workbook freelancers - and here is the response. Some fascinating food for thought in these interesting times as we await news in the UK of IR35 tax changes which are, surely, going to impact our working practices. What do you think? Do share.

    [READ THE SHORT REPORT ON LINKEDIN]


    MedComms Networking Barometer 2020
    January 2020

    This fifth annual survey of the MedComms Networking Community ran throughout January 2020. Participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and we collected responses from 528 individuals. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful barometer of sentiment amongst our specialist community, and provide a valuable insight into the development and maturity of this important business over time. The full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]

    Note we have also filtered the data as follows:

    Freelancers only N=156
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT

    MedComms / Med Ed agencies only N=273
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    Healthcare communications salary survey 2019
    May 2019

    This is the second year that this annual healthcare communications salary survey was run by Paramount Recruitment, and supported by MedComms Networking, in order to benchmark salaries and identify key trends within the healthcare and medical communications market. More than 600 healthcare communications professionals completed the survey and the results are freely accessible as indicated below.

    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    Do you need a PhD to get an entry-level job in #MedComms medical writing in the UK?
    January 2019

    During January 2019 we surveyed the qualifications of entry-level medical writers employed during 2018 in the UK. We received data from 25 MedComms agencies and 5 specialist recruiters, which demonstrates the value placed on post-graduate qualificatons.

    READ THE SHORT REPORT ON LINKEDIN


    MedComms Networking Barometer 2019
    January 2019

    This fourth annual survey of the MedComms Networking Community ran throughout January 2019. Participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and we collected responses from 515 individuals. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful barometer of sentiment amongst our specialist community, and provide a valuable insight into the development and maturity of this important business over time. The full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]

    Note we have also filtered the data as follows:

    Freelancers only N=142
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT

    MedComms / Med Ed agencies only N=289
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    Healthcare communications salary survey 2018
    May 2018

    This healthcare communications salary survey was launched by Paramount Recruitment, and supported by MedComms Networking, in order to benchmark salaries and identify key trends within the healthcare and medical communications market. Nearly 650 healthcare communications professionals completed the survey and the results are freely accessible as indicated below.

    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    MedComms Networking Barometer 2018
    January 2018

    This third annual survey of the MedComms Networking Community ran throughout January 2018. Participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and we collected responses from 376 individuals. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful barometer of sentiment amongst our specialist community, and provide a valuable insight into the development and maturity of this important business over time. The full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]

    Note we have also filtered the data as follows:

    Freelancers only N=124
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT

    MedComms / Med Ed agencies only N=197
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    MedComms Networking Barometer 2017
    February 2017

    This second annual survey of the MedComms Networking Community ran throughout February 2017. Participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and we collected responses from 318 individuals. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful barometer of sentiment amongst our specialist community, and provide a valuable insight into the development and maturity of this important business over time. The full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]

    Note we have also filtered the data as follows:

    Freelancers only N=100
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT

    MedComms / Med Ed agencies only N=154
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    Research with Results: tracking engagement for MedComms and Pharma - Pre-event survey
    April 2016

    In the lead up to a meeting held by Altmetric on 19 April 2016, which was supported by MedComms Networking, we ran a simple, anonymous, online survey and collected responses from 124 specialists working in and around MedComms. This survey was by no means a robust study but was intended to simply provide a snapshot of wider opinion amongst the community. The full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. As always it is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT]


    MedComms Networking Barometer 2016
    January 2016

    This new annual survey of the MedComms Networking Community ran throughout January 2016. Participation was on an entirely anonymous basis and we collected responses from 374 individuals. This was not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful barometer of sentiment amongst our specialist community, and provide a valuable insight into the development and maturity of this important business over time. The full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF REPORT]

    Note we have also filtered the data as follows:

    Freelancers only N=116
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT

    MedComms / Med Ed agencies only N=190
    DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT


    FLASH SURVEY: GPP3 in Practice - Pre-event survey results
    October 2015

    In the lead up to the MedComms Networking event, GPP3 in Practice, in October 2015 we ran a simple, anonymous, online survey and collected responses from 197 specialists, which provided some interesting insights into the views of the community. The top line data was included in the presentation given at the event by Liz Wager, but the full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT]


    MedComms Procurement 2014
    November 2014

    In the lead up to the two MedComms Networking events, Procuring MedComms - an insider's view, in December 2014 in Oxford and in Macclesfield, we ran a simple, anonymous, online survey and collected responses from 61 specialists, which provided some interesting insights into the challenges the MedComms community face. The top line data was included in the presentation given by Peter Llewellyn, but the full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT]


    Flash survey - the need for Professional Indemnity (PI) for MedComms freelancers
    October 2014

    Not for the first time, there is a lively ongoing discussion amongst MedComms Freelancers on Linkedin about the need for Professional Indemnity (PI). Do they need it and if so for what? This survey was by no means a robust study but was intended to simply provide a snapshot of wider opinion and experience from amongst the community. Hopefully everyone will learn something from it. We invited participation via the MedComms Networking Community, and from members of the MedComms Networking Linkedin Group and the MedComms Workbook Linkedin group.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT]


    Flash survey - freelance MedComms medical writers and the place of writing tests
    August 2014

    Not for the first time, there is an ongoing discussion amongst several individuals on Linkedin as to the appropriate place of writing tests in selecting freelance writers for MedComms projects. This survey was by no means a robust study but was intended to simply provide a snapshot of wider opinion amongst the community. We invited participation via the MedComms Networking Community, and from members of the MedComms Networking Linkedin Group and the MedComms Workbook Linkedin group.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT]


    Copyrght Licensing - 29 April 2014 - pre-event survey
    April 2014

    On 29 April 2014 we ran a MedComms Networking meeting in Oxford and asked for some help from participants as well as the wider MedComms Community.

    This was unashamedly a very quick and simple, indeed crude, survey specifically of the MedComms agencies, just to help us in our discussions about the real-life challenges faced by those specialists.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT]


    Sunshine event 12 February 2014 - pre-event survey
    February 2014

    On 12 February 2014 we ran a MedComms Networking event in Oxford and asked for some help from participants as well as the wider MedComms Community.

    This was unashamedly a very quick and simple, indeed crude, survey of the community, just to help us in our discussions of the practical implications of the US Sunshine Act and of the new European national codes arising from EFPIA's Disclosure Code last year.

    [BROWSE THE SURVEY RESULTS ONLINE]

    [DOWNLOAD THE PDF REPORT]

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