20% of UK Workforce has a Science Job

The Financial Times has reported that approximately one fifth of the UK workforce has a science based job.

5.8 million people are scientists or use science skills daily, the Science Council has discovered in a recent study. The number includes ‘secondary science workers’ such as nurses or software engineers. Scientists were found to be in industries as diverse as education, finance and farming, as well as more traditional scientific sectors, such as the chemical industry.

Chief executive of the Science Council, Diana Garnham, has said that secondary science roles can be “found literally everywhere in the economy.” The research indicates that by 2030, there could be over 7 million people involved in science in some way, prompting Diana Garnham to say “the research begins to explain… why there is such huge demand for people with science qualifications.”

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Pfizer’s Kent Closure Could Take Ten Years

The BBC has reported that pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s closure of its Sandwich site, in Kent, could take up to ten years to recover, according to a local councillor.

Over 2,000 jobs are to be lost at the site, and the leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has said that despite there being interest in the site, it will take a long time for a complete recovery. Mr Carter added that it was “a big ask” for a pharmaceutical company to create 2,000 to 3,000 jobs in such a short space of time. He said that should 1,000 jobs be created in 18 months it will have been a good start.

John Westwood, real estate developer at Pfizer, has said that despite there not being “a huge number of organisations or individuals” who could take on the site, there has still been significant interest. A group of politicians has put forward proposals for the centre to be turned into an enterprise zone, which would assist growth.

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