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The employability lens provides an overview of the key knowledge, behaviours and attributes typically developed by researchers that are most frequently desired by employers. At a glance the lens highlights key skills for current and prospective employers when attracting and recruiting researchers to enhance their business. Depending on the business’ needs, employers might look for additional role specific skills. This lens focuses on the key knowledge, behaviours and attributes of researchers that can be applied or acquired working outside of higher education research. In a rapidly changing global business environment, research, innovation and highly skilled employees are key to maintaining competitive advantage. Researchers’ expertise is critical to economic success, addressing major global challenges and building a leading knowledge economy.