Belgium crying out for expat pharmacists

28th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgium has a worsening shortage of pharmacists and the industry is increasingly looking to expats to fill the vacancies.

28 April 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgium has a worsening shortage of pharmacists and the industry is increasingly looking to expats to fill the vacancies.

Besides the shortage of pharmacists for chemist stores, the pharmaceutical industry is also facing capacity problems, newspaper 'De Morgen' reported on Friday.

"The large pharmaceutical firms in our country are witnessing growth and at the same time too few youths are starting studies into biomedical sciences," a spokesperson with GlaxoSmithKline said.

"Most final year students already have a [work] contract."

But the pharmacists union is complaining the most: "The pharmaceutical firms pay more and offer better work conditions. Therefore, normal pharmacists can no longer find replacements".

Due to the shortfall of workers, companies are increasingly looking to expat pharmacists to fill the growing number of vacancies.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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