Thursday 28 April 2016
About the report:
The Best and Brightest – Advancing Medical Research Survey Report 2016 reviews the workplace experiences of researchers in the Medical Research Institute (MRI) sector.
The Professional Scientists Australia report examines the workplace experiences of medical researchers, and looks at issues facing the workforce and sector.
The report shows that proper workforce development for MRIs and addressing the problems in the sector will be critical to ensuring health and medical research remains central to the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and the MRI sector properly positioned to encourage greater commercial returns from research.
Key findings – 2016
- Only 21% of the research sector workforce surveyed reported being engaged as permanent full-time employees.
- 55% expected to leave the sector within five years.
- 3% said the MRI sector was becoming less attractive to career researchers.
- Over half (55%) of respondents reported being concerned and apprehensive about future opportunities.
- 43% said they do not feel they have a long-term career path as a researcher in the MRI sector.
- 7% said they had considered leaving the MRI sector due to a lack of job security.
- 3% of researchers said greater job security would encourage them to remain in their research career.
- 1% said that having a long-term strategy for research infrastructure would make the sector more successful.
- 4% stated that the precarious and contingent nature of funding seriously impacted their job security
- 95% agreed that a funding system that has a success rate of less than 20 per cent leads to a significant proportion of the workforce leaving the field.
- Only 53.7% said they currently have a good work/life balance
- 9% said the number of hours they had to work limited their capacity to achieve work/life balance.
Disadvantage for women
- 5% of researchers said that promotions in the workforce are generally drawn from those working full-time.
- 4% said that women that have taken a career break are sidelined for promotion.
- 8% of those with carer responsibilities said the responsibilities had negatively impacted their career.
- 1% said women were under-represented at the senior researcher level.
Media contact: Siobhan Lyttle 0432 828 004