Why hiring a PhD?
At least, do you know what a PhD is?
A PhD is someone that holds the higher diploma that can be obtained. In France, it corresponds to 8 years after the baccalauréat. It is the only diploma that is recognized internationally.
It can be done in a wide range of disciplines such as biology, chemistry, engineering sciences, physics, human sciences, law, economics, sociology, etc...
Doing a PhD consists in doing research on a very hot topic in a public or a private laboratory. It lasts at least 3 years.
PhD candidates are young professionals. During their thesis, they have to manage their project, communicate with others scientists, write reports on their research, follow the research guideline of their lab. Often, they have to find subsides to finance their research.
When they defend their PhD thesis, they are judged on their results and on the way they obtained them.
Well... In fact, a PhD thesis is just a normal job.
How many are they?
In France, there are around 70 000 PhD candidates. Each year, around 14 000 of them are graduated.
Since we know you will try to do the comparison, we will do it for you : it is totally comparable with the number of students in the "Grandes Ecoles" (100 000 students).
If you have a R&D activity, you have no reason to recruit another profile...
...because it's their job.
PhDs spent at least 3 years developping cutting-edge technologies and producing knowledge. At the end of their PhD, they are just the best experts of their domain. Period.
They master a large range of techniques and technologies, they know how to handle a complex problem, how to find the right information at the right place.
Through their PhD, they have built a network of researchers in public and private laboratories that can help you deliver the best products for your customers.
...because you get the best tax reduction you can imagine.
The recruitment of an employee for a research and development activity in France gives right to the company to benefit from a tax credit, the «Crédit Impôt Recherche» (CIR).
In the general case, it represents 50% of the charged annual gross salary.
In the case of the recruitment of a PhD for her/his first full-time position, it represents 120% of the charged annual gross salary. Yes, 120%. And it lasts 2 years.
Imagine you recruit an engineer who does not hold a PhD for an annual gross salary of 40k€. The corresponding charged gross salary is around 56.8k€. Hence, your tax reduction is about 28.4k€ per year.
Now, imagine you recruit a young PhD for the same gross salary. Your tax reduction is about 68.2k€ per year.
Then, multiply it by 2 (once again, it lasts 2 years) and by the number of researchers you want to recruit.
We let you do the maths.
Well, it's great but I don't know how to find a PhD.
We know that PhDs are hard to find. They are dispersed in a lot of laboratories that are difficult to target.
You know what? That's exactly why we exist.
We organize events to bring the profiles you want right to you. Of course, it's not free. For example, participating to the PhDTalent Career Fair will cost you a few k€. But you have to compare it with the gain you will have (see the paragraph above).
Once again, we let you do the maths (we give you a tip : it is just a subtraction).
Uuuuh, I don't have any R&D activity...
Don't worry, they have other skills.
A PhD, through his/her professional experience and training, acquires and develops many skills that meet today’s and tomorrow’s companies’ needs.
Beside their strong scientific background, key skills that PhD graduates can highlight to employers include:
Communication skills: As they have to give many presentations to public or specific audience, they developed ability to adapt both in the private and public sector.
Creative thinking: PhD students are often asked to think outside the box, they know how to find answers to specific and original questions, they don’t just synthetize information, they create it.
Project management: As well as managing their time, planning and cooperating with others during their thesis, they have an ability to manage a small team.
Problem-solving abilities: During their PhD they had tackled and solved numerous problems, especially in research.
I'm still not convinced...
Okay, maybe you want to try it for a few days first.
During his/her thesis, a PhD candidate can perform an advisory mission in a company for 32 days per year. It can be related to the topic of his/her thesis or not.
We think it can be a good opportunity to discover the incredible skills of PhD candidates and to be convinced that they can work for you.
And you know what? In the case of a mission that is related to R&D, it is also eligible to the "Crédit Impôt Recherche". Houray!