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2 minute read - 28th November 2022

Engineers climb the ratings to become Britain’s second most trusted profession

Eighty-seven per cent of people trust engineers to tell the truth, says the latest Veracity Index published by Ipsos. Out of a list of 30 different professions, engineers are the second most trusted in Britain, up from sixth place (with a score of 84%) in 2021.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) worked with the 2022 Ipsos Veracity Index, which has been tracking the latest movements in Britons’ trust in key professions since the 1980s, to include engineering for the fifth year running.

Research by Ipsos shows engineers have climbed the ratings to become Britain’s second most trusted profession / Picture: Getty/iStock

The profession, which makes up 19% of the UK workforce* is trusted to tell the truth by almost nine in 10 people (87% of the population), closely following nurses (89%) and moving ahead of doctors, teachers and museum curators this year to achieve its highest ever ranking since engineering was first included in the survey in 2018. Engineers have recorded similar levels of trust in previous years, including a score of 89% in 2020.

Trust in engineers is equal across genders, with just a one percentage point difference between men and women. Despite this, only 16.5% of engineers and technicians identify as women, something which the IET hopes to address through various campaigns, including its upcoming Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards.

Almost nine in 10 people (87%) trust engineers to tell them the truth, putting them just ahead of doctors (85%) and being topped only by nurses (89%) / Picture: Getty/iStock

Professor Bob Cryan CBE, IET president, said: “Engineers play a central role in everyday life, contributing to advancing the world around us and finding solutions to global challenges such as climate change. It’s fantastic to see that nearly 9 in 10 people trust engineers – this demonstrates the huge level of professionalism and importance of engineers in the UK. The last couple of years have highlighted more than ever the vital role engineers play in developing technology and rapid processes, to keep our infrastructure and economy running.

“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 are politicians (12%), advertising executives (14%), government ministers (16%), estate agents (28%) and journalists (29%).

*Source: Trends in the engineering workforce between 2010 and 2021, Engineering UK, 2022.

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