International mobility of researchers
May 4, 2017
A significant proportion of the UK's research workforce is based in the private sector, but there is little evidence available, through existing data sets or in the literature, on the mobility of researchers in industry. This study aims to develop a better understanding of the mobility of researchers in UK industry, and how research-intensive companies are preparing for the UK's forthcoming departure from the EU.
Supplementary report: Perspectives from industry
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RAND Europe recently published findings on the international mobility of researchers in the public sector. However, a significant proportion of the UK's research workforce is based in the private sector. Despite the importance of this group in the research system in the UK, there is little evidence available, through existing data sets or in the literature, on the mobility of researchers in industry. It is not even clear how many international researchers are working for UK-based companies. The UK's decision to leave the EU in 2016 has raised questions about the potential impact on research-intensive companies and their research staff if international mobility becomes more difficult, and what measures industry are putting in place to prepare for the opportunities and challenges to international recruitment following 'Brexit.' The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, commissioned RAND Europe to help develop a better understanding of the mobility of researchers in UK industry. The study also aimed to understand how companies are preparing for the UK's forthcoming departure from the EU and the potential impact on their workforce.
The research described in this report was commissioned by the Royal Society and conducted by RAND Europe.
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