We ensure that bodies such as the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland are kept informed about the issues affecting our sector and we also work closely with member companies to support their relations ensuring that they are supported in navigating the landscape of a devolved Scotland within the United Kingdom.
Today, researching, making and distributing medicines is worth £2.7 billion to Scotland’s industrial output. The pharmaceutical sector has delivered the biggest jobs growth of any of the Scottish Government’s Key Growth Sectors in recent years.
Our industry directly supports 5,043 Scottish jobs – a 60% increase since 2009 – and indirectly supports 16,482 jobs elsewhere in the Scottish economy, often in parts of the country where job prospects are weaker compared to the rest of the country.
The average productivity of a Scottish pharmaceutical industry employee is £111,000 (GVA), more than double the Scottish average, £55,000 (as of 2015). The Scottish industry’s share of UK pharma turnover has increased since 2008 and Scotland now supports 9.3% of total UK jobs in this sector (in 2015) up from 5.1% in 2008.
ABPI Scotland is led by Alison Culpan, ABPI Scotland Director, with support from Graeme Rose, Public Affairs Manager and Claire Headspeath, Team Co-ordinator.