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Engineering graduates 'highly employable'

Research by EngineeringUK suggests that engineering and technology graduates are highly employable, with 94.3% in work three years after graduating and 74% working in the engineering and technology fields.

The paper, “Where do engineering graduates go?” finds that the median salary for engineering and technology graduates three years after completing their studies is £28,000, with only medicine, dentistry and veterinary science earning more.

The study also shows that at surprisingly high 74% of engineering and technology graduates go into in engineering and technology related occupations.

One third of engineering and technology applications in 2007/08 were from non UK domiciled students, up five percentage points since 2001/02, double the proportion of overseas applicants across all subjects, with the average being 15%.

At higher degree level, only 27.2% of engineering and technology students are UK domiciled compared to 44.9% across all subjects.

Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, Paul Jackson, said: “Whilst numbers of engineering graduates continue to increase due to strong employability and salary levels, there remains a rising trend in overseas engineering applications compared to home students.The implications for UK the business and education systems are as yet undetermined but we must work together to investigate this trend and its potential effect on the UK’s technological competitiveness. We need to make sure we create a sustainable UK engineering workforce, as well as a strong international one.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • Neil Webster

    Let's make sure we build a golden future for engineering.

    The past 12 months have been a tough time for the engineering sector, particularly in manufacturing, which has suffered the loss of several conspicuous casualties. However, with the first 'green shoots of recovery' now truly starting to appear, I believe the sector's prospects are once again on the ascendant, with encouraging signs of a resurgence, particularly in the water and power industries.

    Although the words have yet to be matched with significant action, Gordon Brown's pledge to make the UK a leader in science, engineering and technology promises an exciting and potentially profitable future for the UK and its economy.

    To achieve it will mean that both the current Government and its successors need to make every effort to encourage and nurture the next generation of engineers in the UK. This should include not just investment in the facilities and materials needed to educate them, but also in promoting the cause of engineering in the UK, and the broad contribution it makes to all areas of society, to make it an appealing career prospect.

    The UK already has leadership in some of the most exciting areas of engineering, including motorsport, aerospace, architectural projects (witness the number of Foster-designed projects around the world), as well as possessing some of the leading experts in water and power utility projects.

    The fact that such a high percentage of engineering and technology grads are coming to work directly in the field is good news indeed and certainly disproves the naysayers who regularly predict the imminent demise of the UK engineering sector. The trick now is to make sure that this is sustained and that tomorrow's engineers are given the skills needed to handle the opportunities on offer.

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  • Is this really such a great claim? That 3 years after graduating more than 1 in 20 people who have spent 3 or 4 years of their lives (with the associated financial costs) at university studying engineering or technology are not even in employment? Tripped off like that 94.3% sounds like a great number but on reflection it's not great.

    And never mind the median salary, skewed by the 26% who have departed for careers in other more lucrative professions, what about the mean?

    Seriously spun story!

    And as for the fact that just 27.2% of applicants for E&T higher degrees are UK domiciled, that is just frightening. What does that mean for the UK in 10, 20 or 50 years from now?

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