Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Workforce Surveys

The surveys for individuals and organisations have now closed. Thank you to those that contributed to the surveys. We will provide information on our findings from the surveys later in 2022.

MBIE has been 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 will inform the direction of these projects. 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.

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

Participation in these surveys has been 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 surveys will support the development of potential policy changes to address challenges and promote opportunities within the RSI workforce. MBIE will publish the results of the surveys this year. The results from the surveys will act as a baseline for future comparisons for policy work.

Survey period

The surveys opened on Monday 15 November. The surveys for individuals and organisations have now closed. Analysis of the results will be released later this year.

Survey methodology

The questions for the survey of organisations and individuals were 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 was conducted with the support of an independent provider whose role includes 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 business performing research and development activities. All responses are anonymous and are stored securely. Data is only accessible to the project team for analytical purposes.