Geo Skills; It’s Not All About the Money

The Association for Geographic Information conducted its first skills survey in order to understand the current and future needs of the geospatial industry

AGI Skills Survey

Targeting members of the AGI, this survey addressed issues such as recruitment, skills and retention, asking questions about barriers to employment, specific skills that are missing from existing or potential recruits, and what makes people move on to new opportunities.

We are delighted to share the results of this inaugural survey with the publication of the AGI Skills Survey Report.

This report details a mostly positive view, with organisations on the whole stating they are able to recruit and retain staff, and only see skills gaps in a few key areas.

However, the GI sector is constantly changing, evolving and responding to external influences. The results of this survey will therefore be used by the AGI to inform actions to address potential skills shortages and promote the growth of the geospatial industry. We will also look to revisit this exercise with regular frequency to ensure we can identify and respond to future trends and new opportunities.

AGI Skills Roundtable

Following the initial Skills Survey and the resulting report, the AGI hosted a Roundtable discussion in December 2023.  This meeting, as described by the Chair Dr Vanessa Lawrence, ‘provided an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback from some of the most influential organisations operating within the geospatial sector.’

The AGI Skills Roundtable meeting took place alongside the AGI’s annual GeoCom Conference in London and was attended by representatives from organisations such as the Geospatial Commission, Government Geography Profession, Royal Geographical Society (with Chartered Institute of British Geographers), Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors, University College London, Ordnance Survey, Esri and Leica.