Engineering Increases in Popularity and Earnings

Engineering Increases in Popularity and Earnings but Challenges Remain Says EngineeringUK, Formerly the ETB

At 13.15 on Tuesday December 1st, the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) will change its name to become EngineeringUK whilst simultaneously launching its annual research report of the same name: EngineeringUK 2009/10. At a House of Commons reception hosted by Phil Willis MP, ETB Chairman and Chief Executive, Sir Anthony Cleaver and Paul Jackson, will launch the new EngineeringUK name at the same time as announcing the key findings of Engineering UK 2009/10.

The Engineering UK 2009 / 10 report paints a promising picture for engineering in the current political and economic climate. The report contains research which shows 8 out of 10 people (85%) would now be willing to recommend an engineering career to family and friends. It also demonstrates that, despite a short-term fall in engineering vacancies, engineering salaries have increased 2.2 % this year. In addition, long term demand for engineers remains high, with a need to recruit over half a million (587, 000) manufacturing workers with state-of the-art-skills by 2017.

However, the sector still faces several key challenges in terms of supply:
 There has been a 30% decrease in Further Education (FE) Lecturers in engineering and manufacturing, and this could be linked to a shortage of advanced engineering skills. (Level three and above)

There has been a 17 % drop in the number of Higher Education students going into Production and Manufacturing Engineering degrees. Only 11.6 % of registered engineers are female.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, said: “There has never been a more crucial time for engineering. With 8 out of 10 people willing to recommend engineering careers to family and friends, we now have a real window of opportunity to persuade the wider world of the benefits and rewards they can bring. In order to do this however, we must first address a number of challenges, not least increasing the number of Further Education lecturers in engineering, and improving perceptions of engineering and manufacturing across the gender divide.”

“At EngineeringUK we believe engineers will play a key role in addressing the global challenges of the 21st Century, and we will work tirelessly to ensure this is the case, improving careers information, advice and guidance, and perceptions of engineering overall.”

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Notes to Editors
1. EngineeringUK
On December 1 2009, the ETB will change its name to become EngineeringUK, whilst continuing to promote the work of engineers, engineering and technology. The new name will reflect a change of approach over the past year. Working with partners in the engineering institutions, business and industry and the education sector, we have focused on 3 core work streams: the UK’s biggest science and engineering event for young people, The Big Bang; a programme of school activity called “Tomorrow’s Engineers” and raising the profile of engineering and technology through the media and with policy makers.

EngineeringUK, like the ETB, will be an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. Partnering business and industry, government and the wider science and engineering community: EngineeringUK will produce evidence on the state of engineering, sharing knowledge within engineering and inspiring young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers’ demand for skills.

At EngineeringUK we believe engineers and engineering will play a key role in addressing the global challenges of the 21st Century. We also believe that working in partnership can help a good idea go a long way.

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2. The Engineering UK 2009 /10 Report
EngineeringUK 2009/10 is EngineeringUK’s flagship annula report on the stat of engineering in the UK. Contributors include:

ADS, EEF, The Engineering Council, The Equality and Human Rights Commission, Energy &Utility Skills, FDF, Warwick Institute of Employment Research, the Nuclear Institute, SEMTA and Summitskills.

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Laura Marsh, PR and Communications Manager
Tel: 020 3206 0444 or (m) 07887 943 017