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Further expansion at Randox sees recruitment drive for 400 new staff

Dr Peter Fitzgerald, managing director of Randox Laboratories
Gary McDonald Business Editor

HEALTHCARE diagnostics giant Randox Laboratories is planning to recruit a further 400 new staff in support of its Covid-19 testing operations at the science park in Antrim.

And it means the Crumlin-headquartered company will have increased its workforce by more than 850 since the beginning of the pandemic as it continues to enhance its laboratory capacity within the UK’s National Covid testing programme, and for those requiring PCR testing before travel.

Vacancies are available for roles across science, accessioning, manufacturing and customer support, with applications now open at https://randox.getgotjobs.co.uk/

Randox managing director Dr Peter FitzGerald said: “We are fortunate to benefit from Northern Ireland’s incredible talent pool across a variety of disciplines, and so many have already responded to our call for support in fighting the coronavirus.

“Our staff have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created, been incredibly resourceful and flexible, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against Covid. They are our best asset and we are very proud of their efforts.”

Last month Randox reached a significant testing milestone, with 12 million tests completed since its testing began.

Thanks to significant private investment, Randox’s testing capacity, which in March last year was just 150 tests per day, has now increased to 120,000 daily, making it the most productive laboratory in the UK and Ireland.

Dr FitzGerald added: “The completion of over 12 million gold-standard PCR tests for the UK’s national testing programme represents 21 per cent of all PCR tests executed in the UK and is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff.

“We continue to play a vital role in the national network of testing, which is of critical importance and remains a key part of the response to Covid-19, not only to identify outbreaks, isolate cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social and economic normality.”

Last month, marking the resumption of international flights, Belfast City Airport opened a new purpose-built Covid-19 testing facility in partnership with Randox, offering pre-bookable PCR and antigen (lateral flow) tests at £85 and £45 respectively, available for non-flying members of the general public as well as air passengers.

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