From the inbox, these observations (redacted for privacy, lightly edited for readability) from KV:
I work at a [redacted - large] site of a well known global CDMO. We are losing people left and right. I know turnover at CDMO, water is wet. However, I wonder if it is different this time. Historically, people have quit to take new jobs for promotion, more money, being poached by competitors, etc.
Now, people are quitting without having new jobs lined up. It was shocking to me. And while mostly it is the under-30 crowd, some mid-career staff have done the same.
I keep hearing this "Great Resignation" talk and wonder if it is real, and how all these people have the money to just quit with no back up plan.
Also, I will report an uptick in recruiters contacting me.
(Incidentally), what is with all these recruiters contacting me for jobs that I am not even a match with.
If I had a dollar for every scut QC job I get offered even though I'm [a synthetic chemist] and most of them are offering salaries I wouldn't have accepted 20 years ago.
You want me to move to southern California for an entry level QC job that pays 40k, when my resume says I have 25 years of experience? You are just wasting everyone's time.
Has recruiting become so lucrative that everyone is starting a recruiting company? I remember getting contacted by recruiters that had degrees in chemistry and engineering that knew the difference between analytical and organic. Now it's all people with [non-science] degrees.
Overall, I agree with KV - it feels like there is a lot of turnover. I feel like I'm seeing it on LinkedIn and in my work inbox. My general theory has always been that private sector chemistry is pro-cyclical, and we are not immune from bad shocks. We may also not be immune from trends that are seemingly an aspect of rising tides within our industry.
It would be interesting to know if there are higher job quits in the pharmaceutical/chemical industry than other sectors, or on average, but I'm pretty sure that's not something that can be gleaned out of JOLTS data.
Finally, I'm too am quite tired of recruiters who are contacting me for jobs that I am a very poor fit for. There was a moment this summer when, all of a sudden, the quality of the recruiters I was speaking with shot up significantly, and they were actually offering me positions that fit well. Sadly, that's not the case anymore - my most recent communication with a recruiter, regrettably, ended with "you are wasting my time, and yours."
I do suspect that recruiting is one of these industries where the entry-level requirements are quite low, and therefore the turnover rate is incredibly high. I imagine that recruiting firms (like anyone else) will take someone who can fog a mirror these days - more's the pity.
Readers, what say you?