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Engineers in top five of most trusted professions

19 November 2018


Engineers, new to this year’s Veracity Index, go straight into fourth in the truth league table

Engineering is the fourth most trusted profession in the UK, a new truth league table reveals today.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology 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* 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engineers at the top of the index amongst the likes of doctors and teachers will hopefully help us further shift outdated perceptions of engineering and encourage the next generation into an inspiring and rewarding career.”
The levels of trust are stark. Languishing down at the bottom of the trust league with ad execs are politicians (19%) and Government ministers (22%) – perhaps not surprising in the current political climate – followed by journalists (26%) and estate agents (30%).

Generation Z members trust the most professions, while Millennials are also relatively trusting. Remain supporters, Conservative Party voters, the middle classes and graduates are also more trusting of professions.
Low scoring groups include people who are widowed, divorced or separated, those who rent their home from a local authority, people with no formal educational qualifications and those in social grades DE.

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Notes to editors:

*Engineering UK 2018

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,001 adults aged 15+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 12 and 21 October 2018. Data is weighted to match the profile of the population.

Key Regional Statistics - IPSOS MORI

North

Engineers tell the truth- 87%
Engineers do not tell the truth- 10%
Don’t know – 3%

Midlands

Engineers tell the truth- 81%
Engineers do not tell the truth- 11%
Don’t know- 9%

South

Engineers tell the truth 89%
Engineers do not tell the truth 9%
Don’t know 2%

London

Engineers tell the truth 89%
Engineers do not tell the truth 11%

Scotland

Engineers tell the truth 93%
Engineers do not tell the truth 7%

Wales

Engineers tell the truth 96%
Engineers do not tell the truth 2%

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.

  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with 169,000 members in over 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.

  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.

  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.

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