Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Workforce Surveys

MBIE conducted 2 surveys to collect information about our RSI workforce. The surveys were designed to better understand the demographic characteristics, skills and workplace practices of people who contribute to our RSI system as well as the challenges they face.

The results of the surveys will help us to better understand the diversity of the RSI workforce, and the impacts of organisational policies on people in the RSI system. This work connects with a number of programmes and projects, notably Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways.

Information about survey participants, the state of the RSI system and the drivers for different behaviours will inform these programmes. Findings from the surveys will also help MBIE and Government develop ways to address their Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and strengthen the Māori-Crown relationship.

Survey findings

Read the survey findings from the RSI Workforce Survey of Organisations and Individuals.

Read the HTML version of the RSI Workforce Survey of Organisations Report

About the surveys

People are at the core of the RSI system. Their skills, ideas and connections are vital to the creation, communication and application of knowledge. We want to ensure that people in the RSI workforce are supported to work to their full potential, in a system that supports their career development and overall wellbeing.

The workforce surveys were conducted in 2 parts. A survey of organisations collected information about the makeup of the workforce and organisational policies. A survey of individuals collected qualitative information about skills and experience, learning and development opportunities, connections and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and challenges facing the sector.

Survey period

The survey of individuals was launched in November 2021 and closed in February 2022.

The survey of organisations was launched in November 2021 and closed in March 2022.

Survey methodology

The surveys of organisations and individuals were co-designed with the support of a Technical Advisory Group comprised of members of the RSI sector, including human resources experts, researchers and statisticians.

The survey of individuals was conducted with the support of an independent provider whose role included collecting and analysing the information.

The survey of individuals was publicised through the media and distributed to the workforce through peak bodies and key organisations, including universities, Te Pūkenga, wānanga, Crown Research Institutes, independent research organisations and businesses performing research and development activities. All responses were anonymous.

Last updated: 02 December 2022