The Engineering Council’s 2013 survey of professionally registered engineers and technicians indicates that those holding the titles Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) are still enjoying pay increases and low levels of unemployment.
Results provide evidence that, since the last survey in 2010, registrants have seen an increase in median total earnings of 8.1% for Engineering Technicians, 5.1% for Incorporated Engineers and 14.5% for Chartered Engineers. Median total earnings in the financial year ending April 2013 were £40,000 for Engineering Technicians, £45,500 for Incorporated Engineers, £63,000 for Chartered Engineers and £36,306 for ICT Technicians (ICTTechs). It was also found that the higher earnings were generated by a rise in basic income, rather than in overtime, bonus and commission payments, which actually showed a decrease since 2010.
Jon Prichard CEng FICE FInstRE, CEO of the Engineering Council, says: “It is encouraging to see that professionally registered engineers and technicians continue to enjoy a reasonable increase in their income in comparison to other sectors that have stagnated during this period of austerity. With a handful of registrants reporting earnings of more than £1m and around 10% of registrants earning over £100,000 the signs are that the engineering profession is keeping pace with other professions.”
The majority of respondents in the 2013 survey were in employment, with just 1% identifying themselves as ‘unemployed and seeking re-employment’. This sits well below the national unemployment figure of around 7% (Office for National Statistics).
Median basic income for male registered engineers and technicians is generally higher than that of their female counterparts according to the results. The gap in income is at its narrowest among those aged 21 to 24 (6.7%) and widest among those aged 55 and over (18%).
With regard to fees, a steady increase is still evident in the proportion of registered engineers and technicians who have their institution membership subscriptions paid by their employer. Whilst employers appear to be realising the value in paying professional registration fees for their staff, the report also indicated that a number of registrants still feel unsure about the extent to which registration is valued by their employers.
When asked how they first became aware of professional registration, those who attended Higher Education were most likely to have been informed about Chartered Engineer status during their time at university. Although this is not the case for Incorporated Engineers, demonstrating a continued lack of awareness of this title among influencers in the Higher Education sector. There was a slight increase seen in awareness coming from professional engineering institutions or employers since 2010.
Responses concerning attitudes towards professional registration and the status and benefits it brings to individuals on the register remained similarly positive to those in 2010.
Based on responses from 6,321 registered engineers and technicians resident in the UK and below the age of 65, the survey is one of a series that have been conducted regularly since 1981. Collection of this data every two to three years allows the Engineering Council and its partners to keep track of earnings and compare trends in the employment of professionally registered engineers and technicians.
Jon Prichard concludes: “We would like to thank all registrants who took time to respond to this survey. The information gathered provides a valuable and statistically valid snapshot of the profession. This report will be useful, not only to the Engineering Council, but also to our partners within the professional engineering community. The data will, in particular, help us in informing our strategy, ensuring that we are able to promote and support professionally registered engineers and technicians effectively.”
The full Survey of Registered Engineers and Technicians 2013 report can be found by clicking here