I'd be curious to know more on the European job market in organic chemistry, out of my curiosity and also because one of my good European friends is looking for jobs in organic chemistry in Europe, so I am just trying to see how things turn out for [them]. I should mention that I myself am not a chemist but an academic in [another science field] instead. So, I guess, my question would be to request for information on academic (postdoc in university or research labs) and industrial (companies) job markets in Europe (mostly France, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinevia etc.) on synthetic organic chemistry.Quite honestly, I have no earthly idea how the European job market for synthetic chemists is faring right now. My honest guess is that it's probably not going so great, but I don't know whether it is just a reflection of Europe's financial or economic troubles, or a more structural trend where jobs are either moving to the United States (:-/ sorry) or to Asia.
I did want to highlight a recent report from Alex Scott, an editor for US-based Chemical and Engineering News, where the most recent quarter's results from European businesses was not very positive:
European chemical companies are reporting uneven financial performance for the second quarter of 2013. Producers of agricultural chemicals enjoyed solid growth, but other chemical sectors, including some polymers and performance chemicals, struggled under tough market conditions.
One company hit hard is Germany’s Lanxess, which saw a double-digit percentage sales decline and almost a triple-digit decline in earnings for the second quarter compared with the same period one year ago...
...In contrast, Bayer was buoyed by its pharmaceutical business, where new products performed “well above expectations,” the firm said when announcing secondquarter results. Likewise, Bayer’s agriculture business is “maintaining its gratifying business development in a persistently positive market environment.” But Bayer’s performance chemicals business was buffeted by tough market conditions, lower selling prices, and higher raw material costs.
BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, expects little change from the difficult economic outlook forecast at the start of the year. “What we see right now is pretty much a flat development going into the second half,” Chairman Kurt Bock told stock analysts recently...Doesn't sound like a positive trend for industry, anyway.
As for academia, I have no earthly idea. Readers, any thoughts as to how the Continent is doing in hiring organic chemists?