Yet a shortage of engineers could compromise delivery of the government's €116bn National Development Plan
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A public poll, commissioned as part of the Engineering 2018 report, has found that the most trusted professionals in Ireland are engineers and doctors. A total of 90 per cent of Irish adults trust engineers to tell the truth and, of the 10 professions listed, only doctors are more trusted, it has been revealed.

Engineering 2018, a report about the engineering profession in Ireland which was published by Engineers Ireland as part of Engineers Week, also showed that 91 per cent of Irish adults regard engineers as highly competent, and that they are able to apply expertise in their daily work.

Engineers starting salries up by 11%


Additionally, industry demand for engineering talent has seen graduate engineer starting salaries increase by 11 per cent in the past four years, figures within the report reveal.

There has also been a four per cent rise in engineering graduates from undergraduate courses according to the report, including an upturn in civil and building engineering graduates.

While 78 per cent of engineering employers expect their businesses to grow in 2018 and 83 per cent plan to recruit, an inadequate supply of engineering skills to meet the needs of industry remains a concern, according to the Engineering 2018 report.

Skills such as communication, attention to detail and teamwork more important than technical competencies


Employers also pinpointed skills such as communication, attention to detail and teamwork as more important than technical competencies for the modern engineer.

Engineers Ireland director general Caroline Spillane said that while engineers were now in high demand, Ireland was still suffering from an acute shortage of engineering skills that could undermine the government’s Project Ireland 2040 goals.

“This report demonstrates the exceptionally high levels of trust the public has in engineers as professionals in their daily work. We are seeing new job opportunities for graduates and increasing salaries reflecting this, but there continues to be a shortfall of engineers to meet the needs of industry.

‘Ambitious new infrastructural and technological initiatives’


“Now, more than ever, we need to encourage young people to study engineering, which is essentially the lifeblood of successful delivery of the ambitious new infrastructural and technological initiatives that have been outlined in Project Ireland 2040.”

The Engineering 2018 report also highlighted that, while the economic recession was a challenging time for the engineering sector, the industry has strengthened in recent years with 83 per cent of engineering employers recruiting engineers in 2017 and experiencing particularly strong business growth.

Engineers Week is co-ordinated by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme and funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme Call.

The annual campaign aims to promote engineering as a career choice and the importance of the profession to Ireland. Engineers Week 2018, which features events nationwide and lots of free online resources and activities that are available to download, runs until March 2.

To access the Engineering 2018 report in full, please view here.

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A public poll, commissioned as part of the Engineering 2018 report, has found that the most trusted professionals in Ireland are engineers and doctors. A total of 90 per cent of Irish adults trust engineers to tell the truth and, of the 10 professions listed, only doctors are more...