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UK – Engineering confidence still low

28 November 2013

Engineering recruitment firm Matchtech, has released its annual confidence index indicating that there is still a strong sense of unease among UK engineers regarding the future of the industry in the UK.

According to Matchtech, the confidence index is indicative of a growing lack of faith in government and industry plans for the continuance of the UK engineering industry.

Keith Lewis, Managing Director of Matchtech, said: “Whilst the UK engineering industry is continuing to experience further growth and a number of major projects, it is concerning to see that those within the industry continue to feel doubtful about their future here in the UK. It will be these minds that help inspire the future generation of UK engineers and who will strive to promote the engineering sector as a career of choice.”

The survey reveals that over three quarters (76%) of British engineers lack confidence in the government’s action to encourage innovation in the UK, up +2% from last year’s survey. However, the engineering industry has acknowledged government attempts to address the issue – there was an +11% increase in government policy confidence (58%).

However, nearly two thirds of engineers (63%) believe the UK would cease to be a world leader in engineering in the future, whilst over half (58%) of British engineers said they would be willing to move abroad, painting a worrying picture for the fate of the engineering talent pool in the UK.

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