Understanding the UK STEM technician workforce

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The Gatsby Charitable Foundation has undertaken a number of previous studies in order to deliver a greater understanding of the UK’s technician workforce. Key has been the 2012 publication by Geoff Mason Science, Engineering and Technology Technicians in the UK Economy, which was crucial in exploring cross-sectoral technician employment, education & training.


In 2014 this work was taken forward and augmented in order to cover the whole spectrum of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) workers, covering all four STEM disciplines (plus health where there is significant scientific activity) and workers at managerial level, in addition to technicians and professionals. Additional research was also undertaken to include occupations in the Creative Industries and Agriculture & Horticulture that are considered to be STEM, key areas of the STEM workforce that had previously been overlooked.

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