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Engineers are Britain’s second most-trusted profession, beating doctors

25 November 2022

Almost nine in 10 people (87 percent) of the British public say they feel they can trust engineers, reveals the latest Veracity Index from Ipsos.

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Out of a list of 30 different professions, engineers are the second most trusted in Great Britain, up from sixth place (with a score of 84 percent) 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.

The profession, which makes up 19 percent of the UK workforce* is trusted to tell the truth by almost nine in 10 people (87 percent of the population), closely following nurses (89 percent) 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 percent 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 percent of engineers and technicians identify as women, something which the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) hopes to address through various campaigns, including its upcoming Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards. 

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 nine 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 generally (12 percent), advertising executives (14 percent), government ministers (16 percent), estate agents (28 percent) and journalists (29 percent).

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