Typical starting salaries may range from £18,000 - £23,000.
Salaries for graduates with experience may range from £30,000 - £50,000.
Salaries for those with extensive experience may rise to £100,000.
Salaries vary according to type of employer, location, qualifications and experience.
Some employers provide bonus payments and additional benefits, such as a pension, company car or private healthcare.
Working hours usually include regular extra hours to meet tight deadlines, but not weekends or shifts. There are also some opportunities for part-time work.
This is a desk-based role, involving the close study of scientific and legal documents. It is also likely to require close working with scientific and medical personnel, often on a project team basis.
Regulatory affairs roles have considerably broadened in scope within the last few years and usually entail involvement throughout the life cycle of a product.
Work in larger companies is often in their regulatory affairs departments, whilst smaller companies may employ only one or two specialist staff.
Self-employment is commonly possible. Freelance work through agencies is possible with experience. There is a growing trend for companies to contract out regulatory and related specialist services, giving increasing opportunities for progression into consultancy for experienced professionals.
Although there is a concentration of healthcare companies in London and the South East, the M4 corridor and Cambridge areas, small start-up and device companies are more evenly spread throughout the UK.
There is a fairly even gender split within the profession.
The role can be stressful because of the need to maintain high levels of accuracy, meet tight deadlines and negotiate successfully as an arbitrator.
Travel and absence from home overnight are common.
Overseas travel is also common and usually increases with seniority of position. For individuals employed by an EU or US-based company particularly, there may be some periods of travel and work abroad.
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