Engineering in the UK – graduate jobs and salaries

Alison Parkinson, Employer Engagement Adviser, summarises the state of UK engineering.

Each year EngineeringUK publishes a “State of UK Engineering” report.  It is a fairly hefty tome (some 284 pages), but to help those of us short on time there are some fascinating info-graphics which summarise topics such as: money, perception, business, demand, education & skills, employment and gender – many of which relate to careers.

For example:

  • Engineering employment has grown to more than 5.66 million.
  • The number of engineering companies in the UK grew by 6% to 687,575
  • April to June 2017 saw the highest vacancy ratio in the labour force since 2001, at 2.6 job vacancies for every 100 filled jobs.
  • Engineering generated 25% of the total UK GDP, some £420.5bn.
  • The average starting salary for engineering and technology graduates is £25,607 compared to £21,700 for graduates of all subjects.
  • Engineers are very employable: 62% of engineering and technology graduates were in full-time employment within six months of graduating compared with 56% of all graduates.

You can see more of the info-graphics here

So good news for engineers… BUT there’s no room for complacency: a degree never guarantees a job!  Use your Careers Service and its resources to ensure that your graduate destination is a positive one.

And come along to hear about the current job market first hand from 30 organisations at our Careers in Engineering fair on Wednesday 31st October from 1.30-4.30pm in the Sanderson building.


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