The availability of skilled people is a major factor for influencing business investment in R&D: being able to hire the right people with the right skills at the right time is vital for successful R&D.

The UK engineering skills base is of good quality and supports existing R&D investment. But, quantity is a limiting factor: more engineers are needed in the UK, particularly in emerging fields such as artificial intelligence and software engineering.

Engineering R&D in the UK is undertaken by an international workforce: maintaining this after the UK’s departure from the EU will be fundamental to increase business investment in R&D.


Explainer: Engineering workforce (572.71 KB)