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Engineers among Britain’s most trusted

Published: 28 November 2019 - Carly Wills

Engineers are the fifth most trusted profession from a list of 25 in Great Britain, according to the latest Veracity Index from Ipsos MORI.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) worked with the 2019 Ipsos MORI Veracity Index, which has been tracking the latest movements in Briton’s trust in key professions since the 1980s, to include engineering for the second year running.

The profession, which makes up 19 per cent of the UK workforce is trusted to tell the truth by 86 per cent of the population, joint with professors and closely following nurses, doctors, dentists and teachers.

Trust is especially high amongst the Britain’s graduates (95 per cent), which is vital because of the need for increasing numbers of qualified engineering professionals across the UK.

Reasons for trusting engineers include being experts on the things that they talk about (49 per cent) and that they turn theory and ideas into things that work in reality (41 per cent).

New for this year, the survey asked Britons what ‘engineer’ means with a list of descriptions. Fifty-four per cent of respondents would describe them as someone who builds bridges, roads or railways, with 49 per cent describing them as someone who designs things for the future, 47 per cent a problem solver and 28per cent an inventor.

While the description that an engineer is someone who fixes your home appliances (30 per cent) appears in the list, the description that an engineer is someone who wears a hard hat and dirty overalls appears much lower (13 per cent). 

Mamta Singhal, design engineer and spokesperson for the IET, said: “Engineers play a central role in everyday life and contribute to advancing the world around us and finding solutions to global challenges. It’s fantastic to see that nearly nine in ten people trust engineers – this demonstrates the huge level of professionalism and importance of engineers in the UK.

“It’s positive to see the reasons why they are trusted and to know that the stereotypical image of an engineer in a hard hat and dirty overalls isn’t what an engineer means to most people. This will help us to further shift outdated perceptions of engineers and the work that they do, encouraging the next generation into an inspiring and rewarding career.”

Engineers are the fifth most trusted profession from a list of 25 in Great Britain, according to the latest Veracity Index from Ipsos MORI.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) worked with the 2019 Ipsos MORI Veracity Index, which has been tracking the latest movements in Briton’s trust in key professions since the 1980s, to include engineering for the second year running.

The profession, which makes up 19 per cent of the UK workforce is trusted to tell the truth by 86 per cent of the population, joint with professors and closely following nurses, doctors, dentists and teachers.

Trust is especially high amongst the Britain’s graduates (95 per cent), which is vital because of the need for increasing numbers of qualified engineering professionals across the UK.

Reasons for trusting engineers include being experts on the things that they talk about (49 per cent) and that they turn theory and ideas into things that work in reality (41 per cent).

New for this year, the survey asked Britons what ‘engineer’ means with a list of descriptions. Fifty-four per cent of respondents would describe them as someone who builds bridges, roads or railways, with 49 per cent describing them as someone who designs things for the future, 47 per cent a problem solver and 28per cent an inventor.

While the description that an engineer is someone who fixes your home appliances (30 per cent) appears in the list, the description that an engineer is someone who wears a hard hat and dirty overalls appears much lower (13 per cent). 

Mamta Singhal, design engineer and spokesperson for the IET, said: “Engineers play a central role in everyday life and contribute to advancing the world around us and finding solutions to global challenges. It’s fantastic to see that nearly nine in ten people trust engineers – this demonstrates the huge level of professionalism and importance of engineers in the UK.

“It’s positive to see the reasons why they are trusted and to know that the stereotypical image of an engineer in a hard hat and dirty overalls isn’t what an engineer means to most people. This will help us to further shift outdated perceptions of engineers and the work that they do, encouraging the next generation into an inspiring and rewarding career.”



 
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