The UK’s business R&D workforce: skills, sector trends and future challenges

ERC Insight paper

Associated Themes
  • Innovation

In this rapid evidence review, which was commissioned to inform the UK Innovation Strategy, we explore what the available research tells us about the main barriers the UK faces in increasing the research and development (R&D) workforce, with a distinct focus (where possible) on the private (business) sector. We review recent secondary research evidence on the qualifications and wider skills needs of firms undertaking R&D and look at the evidence on the supply of these skills. We also consider the available evidence on the extent of skills mismatch in the business R&D workforce and other problems with the skills pipeline.