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In the digital economy an understanding of, and skills related to science and technology are rapidly gaining greater importance in business and industry.

In 2013 Australia’s Office of the Chief Scientist commissioned a report to understand the skills requirements of Australian businesses with regards to STEM skills. A survey of employers was conducted as part of that report.

Australia STEM workforce: a survey of employers confirms that STEM graduates are in demand in Australian workplaces. Over 82% of respondents to the employer survey agreed that people with STEM qualifications are valuable to the workplace, even when their qualification is not a prerequisite for the role.

Not only did the majority of respondents recognise the innovative talents that many STEM qualified staff bring to their workplaces – with 71% nominating their STEM staff as among their most innovative, but almost half (45%) expect their requirements for STEM to increase over the next five years.

Find out more and download the report from the Australia’s Chief Scientist website

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