Science Skills Shortage

John Denham, the secetary of state for innovation, universities and skills is to announce an action plan in an attempt to meet the shortage of scientific skills in Britian. The Skills Council for Engineering and Technology, Semta, surveyed over 170 bioscience and pharmaceutical companies and found that nearly 40% of companies could not fill key posts which is 4 times the national average. These findings raise concerns about Britians position as one of the world’s leading centres for research and development in bioscience, particularly as this industry generates revenues of £3.3bn per year and employs 55,000 people.

The survey highlighted the lack of appropriate company training schemes for recently graduated scientists and the fact that a large number of scientists leave the sector to work in the financial services industries.

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