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Table 4 Perceived barriers to professional development

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

Perceived barriers to career developmentAll responsesLength of time in a trial management roleSalary scalePrevious promotionBased in a registered CTUAcademic grade/pathwayb
<1–5 years6- >10 years<£35,000>£35,000YesNoYesNoProfResearch
n = 420 (%)n = 224 (%)n = 196 (%)n = 162a (%)n = 242a (%)n = 224(%)n = 196 (%)n = 317n = 103n = 267n = 67
Funding256 (61.0)132 (58.9)124 (63.3)103 (63.6)141 (58.3)136 (60.7)120 (61.2)186 (58.7)70 (67.8)163 (61.1)35 (52.2)
Few opportunities aside managing a trial(s)249 (59.3)123 (54.9)126 (64.3)98 (60.5)141 (58.3)138 (61.7)111 (56.6)192 (60.6)57 (55.3)161 (60.3)39 (58.2)
Unclear career pathway in organisation247 (58.8)122 (54.5)125 (63.8)84 (51.9)151 (62.4)124 (54.9)124 (63.3)170 (53.6)77 (74.8)154 (57.7)36 (53.7)
Recognition of role237 (56.4)106 (47.3)131 (66.8)84 (51.9)142 (58.7)135 (60.3)102 (52.0)178 (56.2)59 (57.3)156 (58.4)36 (53.7)
Lack of time223 (53.1)114 (50.9)109 (55.6)84 (51.9)129 (53.3)136 (60.7)87 (44.4)178 (56.2)45 (43.7)142 (53.2)39 (58.2)
Training155 (37.0)94 (42.0)61 (31.1)82 (50.6)66 (27.3)77 (34.4)78 (39.8)113 (35.7)42 (40.8)99 (37.1)20 (29.9)
Geographical location63 (15)31 (13.8)32 (16.3)22 (13.6)37 (15.3)36 (16.1)27 (13.8)45 (14.2)18 (17.5)42 (15.7)5 (7.5)
Size of organisation54 (12.9)32 (14.3)22 (11.2)25 (15.4)28 (11.6)25 (11.2)29 (14.9)37 (11.7)17 (16.5)27 (10.1)12 (17.9)
No barriers perceived10 (2.4)6 (2.7)4 (2.0)3 (1.9)6 (2.5)4 (1.8)6 (3.1)7 (2.2)3 (2.9)8 (3.0)1 (1.5)
  1. Abbreviation: CTU clinical trials unit
  2. a For salary scale, the 16 respondents who answered “prefer not to say” were not included in this analysis
  3. b For academic grade/pathway, only responses from respondents based in a university are included. Prof = “Professional/Administrative/Managerial/Academic-related”. Twenty respondents are not included since contract type was unknown