PRA: 100 Swansea jobs created as company expands
An expansion of a clinical research company in Swansea will create 100 jobs, according to the firm.
US company PRA is doubling the number of its employees in the city following £1.29m of Welsh government support.
The graduate-level jobs will be for a new multilingual help desk.
Economy Minister Edwina Hart said PRA was a “strategically important company” within life sciences – a sector with “high growth potential”.
The North Carolina-based firm currently employs 100 people to collect, analyse and interpret data from clinical trials.
As a leading clinical research organisation, we are committed to the growth of our Swansea team ”
Steve Powell PRA executive vice president
The expansion will double the size of the company’s office – which has moved to the Swansea waterfront development SA1 – and will increase the number of staff to 200.
Mrs Hart said a number of other locations were under consideration for the expansion but the Welsh government’s financial support helped secure it for Swansea.
Steve Powell, PRA executive vice president, said the investment would mean “significant job creation and support for the local economy”.
“As a leading clinical research organisation, we are committed to the growth of our Swansea team and to transforming clinical trials across all phases of drug development; the new building and jobs demonstrates PRA’s commitment to offering a more dynamic service to our customers, both locally and internationally,” he added.
PRA currently employs more than 5,000 employees in over 50 global offices.