Full-time equivalent, and full-time and part-time researchers per 1,000,000 population

There are multiple measures of researchers per million inhabitants in the UK. One is provided on a full-time equivalency basis by the World Bank and follows the UN specification for this indicator. This is displayed here as the headline data.

Another measure is calculated using the Labour Force Survey by the Office for National Statistics using a headcount of both full-time and part-time workers. The headcount figures are valuable, despite not following the UN specification, as they allow us to disaggregate by some of the Leave No-one Behind characteristics, for example, migratory and disability status.

You can switch between the two options below by using Units toggle on the left hand side. Please note, disaggregations are only available when the headcount option is selected.


Choose categories from the dropdowns below to see different breakdowns of the data. Some will not be available until a higher level is chosen.

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Headline data

Source: Office for National Statistics

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Number per 1,000,000

Footnote: Headcount figures are of all full-time and part time employees whose self-reported main job is in research.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

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