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BIO Deutschland. (1/19/15). "Press Release: New Study Shows Salaries Have Increased in the Biotechnology Sector – HR Experts from the Life Sciences Sector Meet in Frankfurt". Berlin.

Region Region Germany
Organisations Organisation BIO Deutschland e. V.
  Organisation 2 Qiagen GmbH
  Group Qiagen (Group)
Product Product BIOTECH
Persons Person Schweins, Thomas (Qiagen 200402– VP Corporate Strategy before Boston Consulting Dusseldorf before Hoechst)
  Person 2 Englbrecht, Claudia (BIO Deutschland 2013 Public Relations Manager)

Salaries are increasing in the biotechnology sector, as shown by current figures published today by BIO Deutschland, the sector association of the biotechnology industry. The study on salaries by shows that managing directors’ salaries have risen by 10 to 14 per cent on average compared with 2012, depending on experience. Experienced sales specialists also enjoyed a double-digit salary increase (10 per cent). However, employees in technical research and development faced lower salaries. Salary development and remuneration systems are among the topics that will be discussed at the third conference of the life sciences industry in Frankfurt on 28 January.

Despite stagnant turnover in the biotechnology sector, salaries have generally developed positively in the branch during the past two years. In the case of senior managers with responsibility for staff and many years’ work experience (10+ years), salaries rose by between 10 and 14 per cent on average. Employees in natural science research also earned more in 2014 than they did in 2012 (an increase of 2 to 7 per cent, depending on experience). While long-serving research and development staff enjoyed significant salary increases (9 per cent), younger employees earned more two years ago – their salaries are now 9 to 12 per cent lower than in 2012. The study is based on 535 data sets.

“Personnel matters are also becoming increasingly important in the biotech sector,” says Thomas Schweins, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Strategy & Marketing Services of QIAGEN and chairperson of BIO Deutschland’s Working Group on Human Resources. “The third HR conference for the life sciences will show the significance of salary structures in personnel development. Along with topics such as internationalisation and what employers expect of applicants and employees, salary trends and remuneration will form a key part of the conference programme,” Schweins said.

The third HR conference of the life sciences industry will take place at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management on 28 January. Places are still available. Participants can also register at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Further information on the conference is available at

Source:, November 2014

The text of this press release and a chart showing salaries in comparison are available at

BIO Deutschland:

With around 300 members, including companies, BioRegions and sector service providers, the Berlin-based Biotechnology Industry Organisation of Germany (BIO Deutschland) aims to support and promote the development of an innovative sector in Germany based on modern biosciences. Dr Peter Heinrich is the Chairman of the Board of BIO Deutschland.

Further information is available at

BIO Deutschland’s supporting members and sector partners are: 

AbbVie, Avia, Bayer, Biotest, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene GmbH, Clariant, CMS Hasche Sigle, Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Börse, EBD Group, Ernst & Young AG, Isenbruck, Bösl, Hörschler LLP, KPMG AG, Merck KGaA, Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, MorphoSys AG, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Qiagen GmbH and Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH

Contact information:

BIO Deutschland e.V.
Dr Claudia Englbrecht
Am Weidendamm 1a
10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49-(0)-30-72625-132, Fax: -138

Record changed: 2017-04-02


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