The IET worked with the 2018 Ipsos MORI Veracity Index, which has been tracking the latest movements in Briton’s trust in the key professions since the 1980s, to have engineering included for the very first time.
The profession, which employs one in five people in the UK according to Engineering UK data is seen as ‘trustworthy’ by a significant 87% of the population, closely following nurses, doctors and teachers.
Trust is especially high amongst the UK’s graduates (91%) which is vital because of the need for increasing numbers of qualified engineering professionals across the UK.
Mamta Singhal, spokesperson for the IET, said: “Nearly 9 in 10 people trust engineers – this demonstrates the huge level of professionalism and importance of engineers in the UK to support our infrastructure and continue to advance the world around us.
“Having engineers at the top of the index amongst the likes of doctors and teachers will hopefully help us further shift outdated perceptions of engineering and encourage the next generation into an inspiring and rewarding career.”
Professions towards the bottom of the trust league include advertising executives and politicians (19%), Government ministers (22%), journalists (26%) and estate agents (30%).
The full Veracity Index is available on the Ipsos MORI website.