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Skills shortage hampering industry

A shortage of graduates in science, technology and engineering subjects is holding back both businesses and research, ESOF 2016 has heard.

This shortage is the “single biggest limit” to the growth of Amazon’s web services arm, said Brendan Bouffler, head of AWS’s global scientific computing market development business.

The problem is even more acute in public research institutions, where salaries are lower, said Alison Kennedy, director of the UK’s Hartree Centre, which provides research services to industry. “The skills shortage is such a big problem. It’s something we’re starting to look at quite seriously.”

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