1 – Engineering and technology offers graduates strong employment prospects

Published in March 2024, EngineeringUK’s Graduate Outcomes report uses the latest data from Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to explore engineering and technology graduates’ activity, 15 months on from graduation.

Top 5 takeaways:

  1. Engineering and technology graduates are more likely to be in work than graduates in other subjects.
  2. Over two-thirds of engineering and technology graduates went on to work in engineering and technology jobs, but this is higher for men than women.
  3. Graduates working in engineering and technology roles are earning more than graduates in other jobs.
  4. Engineering and technology graduates are more likely to think their degree was relevant to their job, and to feel “on track” with plans for the future.
  5. Women, those from a lower socio-economic background, and Black/Black British (Caribbean) young people continue to be underrepresented in engineering and technology degrees.


2 – The Engineering Footprint

Published in March 2024, this report forms part of EngineeringUK’s work exploring the contribution of engineering to the UK’s workforce. This work was prompted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revising its standard occupation classification (SOC) codes. Together, EngineeringUK, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Council established an agreed list of SOC codes which encompasses all aspects of engineering, known as the ‘engineering footprint’. Analyses was conducted to provide an up-to-date figure for the percentage of people working in engineering occupations in the UK. Using the 2022 Labour Force Surveys (LFS), we concluded there are approximately 6.2 million people working in engineering occupations, representing nearly one fifth (19.2%) of the workforce.


3 – Engineering & Technology Key Facts and Stats

Engineering and Technology are of vital importance to the UK – read the key facts and stats that explain why.


4 – Engineers 2030 project – Consultation

The Royal Academy of Engineering, in partnership with the National Engineering Policy Centre, has launched a bold new policy project that aims to sets out a new vision for the engineers of the future. The Engineers 2030 project will look at how engineering behaviours, knowledge, and skills are evolving in the 21st century and what will be needed in the future to attract, educate, hire and support engineers and technicians. The Royal Academy of Engineering is looking for widespread collaboration on this and is seeking engagement from a broad range of stakeholders across the UK to reflect the views of engineering skills, and the importance of safeguarding engineering talent into the future. To get involved and share your ideas about how the face of engineering should evolve before 2030, respond to the consultation here: Engineers 2030.