Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Workforce Surveys

MBIE is conducting surveys to collect information about our RSI workforce. The surveys are designed to better understand the demographic characteristics, skills and development, workplace practices and challenges facing researchers, technicians, administrators and support staff who contribute to our RSI system.

The results will help us better understand the diversity of the RSI workforce, and the impacts of organisational policies on workplace practices. This work connects with a number of programmes and projects including Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, expanding the impact of Vision Mātauranga, and Fellowships for Excellence.

Information about the state of the system, roles of participants, and the drivers for movement and interaction within the will inform the direction of these projects. Findings from the survey will also help MBIE and Government develop ways to address their Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and strengthen the Māori-Crown relationship.

About the surveys

People are at the core of the RSI system: they comprise the skills, knowledge, ideas and connections that create, apply and communicate 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 survey will be conducted in 2 parts. A survey of organisations will collect information about the makeup of the workforce and organisational policies. A survey of individuals will collect information about demographics, skills and experience, learning and development opportunities, connections and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and challenges facing the sector.

Participation in this survey is optional; however, providing this information will give government the best information to better understand the composition, opportunities and challenges of the RSI workforce. The results of the survey will support the development of potential policy changes to address challenges and promote opportunities within the RSI workforce. MBIE will publish the results of this survey early next year. The results from the survey will act as a baseline for future comparisons for policy work.

Survey for organisations(external link)

Survey for individuals(external link)

Survey period

The surveys will open on Monday 15 November. Both surveys will run until early February 2022. Analysis of the results will be released early next year.

Survey methodology

The questions for the survey of organisations and individuals have been co-designed with the support of a Technical Advisory Group comprised of human resources experts and members of the RSI sector, other government agencies and statisticians.

The survey of individuals is being conducted with the support of an independent provider whose role includes collecting and analysing the information.

The survey of individuals will be publicised through the media and be distributed to the workforce through peak bodies and key organisations, including universities, Te Pūkenga, wānanga, Crown Research Institutes, independent research organisations and business performing research and development activities. All responses are anonymous and will be stored securely. Data will only be accessible to the project team.

Privacy statement

Individual survey personal information disclaimer

This survey will collect your personal information such as: gender; sexuality; ethnicity; age; qualification type; employment status; region of residence and your personal views of the RSI system in New Zealand.

The information you provide will assist the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to better understand the composition of the Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) workforce.

Providing this information is optional; however, providing this information will give us the best information to support the development of potential interventions to address challenges and promote opportunities within the RSI workforce.

Besides the project team, we will not share personal information with anyone. We may however make aggregated information publicly available, in line with the Privacy Act 2020 or as otherwise required or permitted by law.

We keep your information safe by restricting its access to a very limited analytical audience and ensuring appropriate security protocols are in place when handling your information.

When you provide personal information, it will be held by us. We will store and keep your personal information secure in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020 and any agents will have to follow our information security and privacy requirements.

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People have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about them, and to ask for it to be corrected if they think it is wrong. If you would like a copy of information about you, or to have it corrected, please contact us at