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Table 1 Characteristics of survey respondents

From: Where do we go from here? – Opportunities and barriers to the career development of trial managers: a survey of UK-based trial management professionals

Characteristicn = 420 (%)Overall UKTMN membership n = 819 (%)
Gender
Female364 (86.7)Data unavailable
Male53 (12.6)
Prefer not to say3 (0.7)
Based in a UKCRC-registered CTU
Yes317 (75.5)464 (56.7)
No103 (24.5)355 (43.3)
Location of CTU, n = 317 
London49 (15.5)145 (17.7)
West Midlands44 (13.9)87 (10.6)
Scotland38 (12)86 (10.5)
Oxfordshire35 (11)129 (15.8)
Yorkshire and the Humber29 (9.2)66 (8.1)
North West29 (9.2)66 (8.1)
South West22 (6.9)73 (8.9)
East Midlands17 (5.4)41 (5.0)
South East15 (4.7)34a (4.2)
Wales14 (4.4)28 (3.4)
East of England14 (4.4)42 (5.1)
South Central7 (2.2)34a (4.2)
Northern Ireland3 (1.0)6 (0.7)
North East1 (0.3)16 (2.0)
Employment status
Full-time313 (74.7)Data unavailable
Part-time106 (25.3)
Missing1 (0.2)
Organisation type
University356 (84.8)729 (89.0)
NHS60 (14.3)86 (10.5)
Charity/Not for profit4 (0.1)4 (0.5)
NHS grade/pathway, n = 60
Administrative/clerical35 (58.3)Data unavailable
Managerial19 (31.7)
Clinical1 (1.7)
Nursing/Health-care professional4 (6.7)
Research1 (1.7)
Academic grade/pathway, n = 356
Professional/Administrative/Managerial/Academic-related267 (75.1)Data unavailable
Research67 (18.9)
Not known20 (5.1)
Academic/Academic-related (research)2 (0.5)
Length of time in a trial management role
<1 year32 (7.6)Data unavailable
1–2 years66 (15.7)
3–5 years126 (30)
6–10 years89 (21.2)
>10 years107 (25.5)
Funding for current position
Grant/research funding278 (66.2)Data unavailable
Combination of core/grant funding77 (18.3)
Core-funded41 (9.8)
Don’t know22 (5.2)
Institute-funding (based in a charity)1 (0.2)
No salary – honorary research fellow1 (0.2)
Highest educational qualification
PhD111 (26.4)Data unavailable
Masters or other post-graduate qualification138 (32.9)
Undergraduate degree147 (35)
A levels or equivalent16 (3.8)
General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) or equivalent6 (1.4)
Vocational qualifications1 (0.2)
None of the above1 (0.2)
Current job title
Trial manager176 (41.9)380 (46.4)
Senior trial manager/team lead93 (22.1)109 (13.3)
Trial coordinator77 (18.3)174 (21.2)
Trial administrator/assistant9 (2.1)22 (2.7)
Other65 (15.5)134 (16.4)
Project manager11 
Operations manager11
Research assistant/associate/fellow11
Assistant/associate trial manager6
Senior trial coordinator6
Senior research fellow/associate4
Programme manager3
Data manager3
Head of trial management2
Assistant professor of clinical trials1
Compliance manager1
Research facilitator1
Senior research manager1
Senior research midwife1
Trial master file manager1
Trial director1
Trial management director1
Current salary range (full-time equivalent) 
<£18,0001 (0.2) 
£18,000–£21,9991 (0.2)
£22,000–£24,9998 (1.9)
£25,000–£26,99917 (4.1)
£27,000–£31,99970 (16.7)
£32,000–£34,99965 (15.5)
£35,000–£39,999114 (27.1)
£40,000–£43,99967 (16.0)
>£44,00061 (14.5)
Prefer not to say16 (3.8)
Ever experienced a promotion/progression to more senior role
Yes224 (53.3)Data unavailable
No196 (46.7)
Reason for no experience of promotion/progression, n = 196
No career pathway in my organisation66 (33.7)Data unavailable
Not in role long enough for this to be relevant62 (31.6)
Never been given the opportunity50 (25.5)
Not wanted to18 (9.2)
If promoted/progressed, how this happened, n = 224
Via application to new/vacant position outside your organisation159 (71)Data unavailable
Via a promotional pathway in your organisation65 (29)
Importance of career development
Very important276 (65.7)Data unavailable
Quite important125 (29.8)
Not very important18 (4.3)
Not important at all1 (0.2)
  1. Abbreviations: CTU clinical trials unit, NHS National Health Service, UKCRC UK Clinical Research Collaboration, UKTMN UK Trial Managers’ Network
  2. aSouth East and South Central are counted together at time of UKTMN membership and therefore cannot be reported separately in this table; they are shown twice for transparency