Engineers one of UK's most trusted professions: 8 in 10 people (84%) trust engineers to tell the truth

07 December 2021

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Engineers remain one of the most trusted professions in Great Britain, according to the latest Veracity Index from market research company, Ipsos MORI, published today.

The profession, which makes up 19% of the UK workforce (according to Engineering UK's State of Engineering 2018 report) is trusted to tell the truth by 8 in 10 people (84% of the population), ranking it 6th in this year’s index, closely following nurses (94%), librarians (93%), doctors (91%), teachers (86%) and museum curators (86%).

The Institution of Engineering & 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.

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Ipsos MORI_Veracity Index_2021

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.

Conversely, at the bottom of the trust league ranked:

•    advertising executives (16%)

•    politicians generally (19%)

•    Government ministers (19%)

•    journalists (28%)

•    business leaders (31%).

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