Eight in 10 people (84%) trust engineers to tell them the truth
The profession, which makes up 19% of the UK workforce* is trusted to tell the truth by eight in 10 people (84% of the population), ranking it sixth in this year’s index, closely following nurses (94%), librarians (93%), doctors (91%), teachers (86%) and museum curators (86%).
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) worked with the 2021 Ipsos MORI Veracity Index, which has been tracking the latest movements in Britons’ trust in key professions since the 1980s, to include engineering for the fourth year running.
Trust is especially high amongst Britain’s graduates (93%) and those aged 18-24 (88%) which is a positive step towards increasing the numbers of qualified engineering professionals across the UK and plugging the growing skills gap.
Generation X (aged 42 – 55) also placed higher than some of their generational counterparts with 89% trusting engineers, to tell the truth.
Sir Julian Young, IET President, said: “Engineers play a central role in advancing the world around us and finding solutions to global challenges.
The high level of public trust in engineers mirrors the level of professionalism and importance of engineers in the UK.
“The last two years have highlighted more than ever the vital role engineers play in developing technology and rapid processes, not only to defeat a global pandemic but to keep our infrastructure and economy running.
“I have no doubt that engineering and technological innovation has and will continue to make a huge difference to society, especially in promoting sustainability and dealing with climate change.
This recognition of trust by the public is a welcome boost to all those in industry, academia, and our communities working together to address the shortfalls in engineer numbers faced across the UK by encouraging the next generation of talent, as engineering continues to be a vital profession across the world.”
At the bottom of the trust league:
- advertising executives (16%)
- politicians generally (19%)
- Government ministers (19%)
- journalists (28%)
- business leaders (31%).