The latest Sci-Tech Daresbury campus survey has revealed that in 2021 companies based at the leading Liverpool City Region innovation hotspot reported their highest ever level of employees and employee growth.
The annual assessment showed that 50 companies increased their headcount, with 15 firms recruiting over five new full-time employees. There was a 35% increase in the number of new jobs created versus 2020 and an overall 25% growth in the number of employees working in companies at Sci-Tech Daresbury. The trend shows no signs of slowing down, with strong recruitment also forecast for 2022 and beyond.
Successful delivery of RADAR
These figures are underpinned by the successful delivery of Sci-Tech Daresbury’s skills strategy RADAR, which supports companies through the three core pillars of Attract (inspire, attract, and employ the best talent), Develop (develop key skills to enable growth) and Retain (retain talent and skills). This has involved the development of strategic partnerships with a range of organisations including local Universities, in particular the University of Liverpool, the Armed Forces, and the recruitment company and campus Gold partner, Michael Page.
Investing in the training and development
It has also involved significant activity engaging with local schools and colleges to promote science and technology careers through the public engagement team at campus partner Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and helping guide companies about how to invest in the training and development of existing staff.
Thanks to RADAR, there has been a significant decline in the number of companies reporting skills shortage issues, with 28% of firms describing difficulties compared to 33% in 2020. This is very significantly below the average figure for UK organisations of 56% reported by the Open University in its Business Barometer 2020 report. While companies working in biomedical, healthcare, and digital fared better in this area, there did remain some challenges for advanced engineering and materials companies.