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The supply of and demand for high-level STEM skills (Evidence report 77)

Examines the supply of and demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in the UK. Presents data on the employment of STEM qualified individuals by occupation and sector. Considers the different career paths of STEM graduates, reviewing the first destinations and early career choices of core STEM graduates, the factors influencing their career choice, and the career moves of more mature STEM degree holders. Discusses commuting and labour supply, considering both historical and future commuting patterns in the UK’s nations and regions. Estimates the labour supply, focusing on the demand and imbalances in the STEM graduate market. Concludes that: the number of core STEM degree holders working in core STEM occupations is declining (from 60 per cent in 2001 to 40 per cent in 2011); the overall quality of UK STEM graduates is as good as in the rest of Europe; there is a lack of graduates with practical skills, in both life science and mathematics skills (especially in the areas of bio-informatics, health economics and statistical skills); and shortages are particularly acute for experienced STEM staff.


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Bosworth, Derek et al
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UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

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