Literature Library

A library of 42 publications about skills, recruitment, economics, and strategy in the space sector. Most reports focus on space skills in the UK, but we have included other countries and sectors where useful.

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Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2020

UK Space Agency & know.space (2021)

27 pages

The sixth biennial survey of the state of the UK space industry.

Economic stats & forecasts

Demographics of the UK Space Sector

Space Skills Alliance (2021)

The first comprehensive demographic statistics for the UK space sector, drawn from the findings of the 2020 Space Census.

Diversity

Space Sector Skills Survey 2020: Research Report

UK Space Agency & BMG (2021)

105 pages - read our one page summary

A research report into the space industry’s recruitment and training practices.

Technical skills

Assessing the quality of space job adverts

Space Skills Alliance (2020)

An assessment of 50 job adverts from 50 space companies scored against 10 criteria based on recruitment best practice, and recommendations for improvements.

Recruitment

Skills demand for early career space jobs

Space Skills Alliance (2020)

The first quantitative assessment of skills demand in the UK space sector, analysing 812 early career job adverts to identify competencies in highest demand.

Technical skills Transferable skills

Towards a space competencies taxonomy

Space Skills Alliance (2020)

The first competencies taxonomy to be developed specifically for the space sector, comprising about 250 competencies across five categories.

Technical skills Transferable skills

2019 Career Trends

Space Talent (2019)

27 pages

An summary of space job trends in the USA based on an analysis of almost 8000 jobs.

Economic stats & forecasts Recruitment

2019 Hiring Trends

Space Talent (2019)

34 pages

An analysis of hiring trends at 34 space companies from around the world.

Economic stats & forecasts Recruitment

Space / Geospatial Sector Skills Strategy

EO4GEO (2019)

126 pages

A strategy for the EU to reduce the skills gap in the space and geospatial sectors and eliminate the mismatch between the supply of and the demand for education and training.

Policy & strategy Technical skills

The Definitive Career Guide to Entrepreneurial Space

Space Angels (2019)

11 pages

A guide on how to start a career in space based on advice from companies and leaders across the space sector.

Careers

Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2018

UK Space Agency & London Economics (2019)

31 pages

The fifth biennial survey of the state of the UK space industry.

Economic stats & forecasts

Demand for space-geospatial education and training and priority occupational profiles

EO4GEO (2018)

112 pages

A summary of demand for skills in the space/geospatial sector in the EU.

Training

Current supply of space/geospatial education and training

EO4GEO (2018)

146 pages

A summary of analysis of the supply of space and geospatial education and training opportunities in the EU.

Training

Growing the Space Economy: The Downstream Segment as a Driver

South Australia Space Industry Centre (2018)

103 pages

An analysis of the downstream space economy with a focus on South Australia.

Economic stats & forecasts

Prosperity from Space: A partnership strategy for the UK

Space Growth Partnership (2018)

12 pages

This report sets out a vision for enhanced growth in the UK space sector over the next decade.

Policy & strategy

Removing Roadblocks from the UK space skills pipeline: A student and young professional perspective

UKSEDS (2018)

5 pages

A student and young professional perspective on how to develop the space skills pipeline.

Technical skills

Prosperity from Space: A global partnership strategy for the UK

Space Growth Partnership (2018)

55 pages

This report sets out a vision for enhanced growth in the UK space sector over the next decade.

Policy & strategy

The impact of human spaceflight on young people’s attitudes to STEM subjects

University of York (2018)

44 pages

A report on the impact of the education campaign linked to Tim Peake's Principia mission on young people’s attitudes to STEM subjects.

Education

Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2016

UK Space Agency & London Economics (2016)

24 pages

The fourth biennial survey of the state of the UK space industry.

Economic stats & forecasts

Importance and Challenges of Hands-On Experience in Astronautical Education

International Astronautical Federation (2016)

15 pages

A discussion of the role of hands-on-activities in tertiary education with particular focus on the space sector in Europe.

Education

UK Space Agency Education, Skills and Outreach Strategy

UK Space Agency (2016)

9 pages

The strategy aims to ensure that as many young people as possible are inspired by space to study, and keep studying, STEM subjects to tertiary level ensuring a skilled and enthusiastic workforce for high tech industries (including space) in the future.

Policy & strategy Education

Space tech and services: Big Data in Earth Observation

Business Innovation Observatory (2016)

13 pages

An analysis of the use of 'big data' in Earth Observation and policy recommendations for improving the availability of data.

Policy & strategy

Growing the skills pool for the UK space sector

National Space Academy (2016)

22 pages

A summary presentation on actions being taken to build space skills, particularly through the National Space Academy and SPIN programme.

Economic stats & forecasts

National Space Policy

UK Space Agency (2015)

15 pages

A statement of the Government’s vision to capture a greater share of the global space market.

Policy & strategy

Seeking Resolution: Growing The UK Small Satellite Industry

Institute of Mechanical Engineers (2015)

51 pages

A summary of the market for Earth Observation satellites, highlighting some of the barriers and opportunities facing the industry.

Economic stats & forecasts Policy & strategy

UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy: 2015 Update Report

Space IGS (2015)

20 pages

A summary of progress against the goals set out in the 2010 Innovation and Growth Strategy, and an outline of plans for the next phase of the programme.

Policy & strategy

The Case for Space 2015: The impact of space on the UK economy

London Economics (2015)

140 pages

As study of the impacts of the space sector on the economy, including consumer, commercial, public sector, and national critical infrastructure applications.

Economic stats & forecasts

Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2014

UK Space Agency (2014)

20 pages

The third biennial survey of the state of the UK space industry.

Economic stats & forecasts

Government Response to the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2014 – 2030

UK Space Agency (2014)

20 pages

The government response to the pace innovation and growth strategy (IGS) action plan.

Policy & strategy

The impact of Brexit on the aerospace sector: Sixth Report of Session 2017–19

House of Commons (2014)

28 pages

A parliamentary report on the impact of Brexit on the aerospace sector.

Brexit Economic stats & forecasts

IGS Skills Theme Report

Space IGS (2014)

18 pages

A skills-focused contribution to the Space Growth Action Plan outlining the skills landscape and current challenges, along with recommended actions for addressing these.

Technical skills Transferable skills

Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2014 to 2030: Space Growth Action Plan

Space IGS (2013)

34 pages

An executive summary of the updated Space Innovation and Growth Strategy report (2015).

Policy & strategy

Space & Aerospace Technicians

Gatsby Charitable Foundation (2013)

7 pages

Report of a seminar to explore how the supply and quality of apprenticeship training in the space and aerospace sectors could be improved.

Technicians

Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2012

UK Space Agency & Oxford Economics (2012)

16 pages

The second biennial survey of the state of the UK space industry.

Economic stats & forecasts

UK Space Agency Civil Space Strategy 2012-2016

UK Space Agency (2012)

24 pages

A strategy setting out aims and objectives to strengthen the UK's position in the space sector.

Policy & strategy

Space for Technicians: An analysis for technican duties, skills, and training in the UK space industry

Gatsby Charitable Foundation (2012)

47 pages

A study of the roles of technicians in the space sector and how employers ensure they have the technician staff they require.

Technicians Technical skills

Employer Engagement – enhancing HEI engagement with the Satellite Industry for workforce upskilling and informing policy makers

University of Reading & National HE STEM Programme (2012)

5 pages

A review of the skill levels of graduates and apprentices entering the space sector, and the destinations of graduates from key courses compared with the skills requirements that employers report.

Technical skills Transferable skills

UK Space Agency Education, Skills and Outreach Strategy

UK Space Agency (2011)

6 pages

The strategy aims to ensure that as many young people as possible are inspired by space to study, and keep studying, STEM subjects to tertiary level ensuring a skilled and enthusiastic workforce for high tech industries (including space) in the future.

Policy & strategy Education

Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2010

UK Space Agency & Oxford Economics (2010)

16 pages

The first biennial survey of the state of the UK space industry.

Economic stats & forecasts

A UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2010 to 2030

Space IGS (2010)

29 pages

An executive summary of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy report.

Policy & strategy

The Space Innovation and Growth Strategy Main Report

Space IGS (2010)

79 pages

A 2020 year strategy for the space sector which identifies key trends and recommends actions industry and government need to take.

Policy & strategy

The Case for Space: The Impact of Space Derived Services and Data

Oxford Economics (2009)

42 pages

An overview of the significant growth of space sector since 2000.

Economic stats & forecasts
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