Tracking Trends in Industry Demand for Australia's Advanced Research Workforce

Publish date: 
November 2017
Author information: 
Inger Mewburn, Hanna Suominen and Will Grant

This report was created in collaboration between the Australian National University and Data61 within the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. It was funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, with raw data provided by SEEK Limited. The project aimed to produce data and methods to address the following two key challenges for Australia: 1) helping universities prepare graduates for workplaces outside academia, and 2) helping industry to recognise the value of the research skills developed by graduates of PhD and MPhil programs. The project successfully used Machine Learning to analyse job ads in order to better understand Australian industry demand for highly skilled researchers. Though further research and development work is required, The Machine developed in this project can be used to perform a longitudinal examination of Australian industry response to the innovation agenda.

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