Better Job Prospects for Engineering and Technology Graduates, New Report Finds

by | Mar 8, 2024 | Company News, Sector Insights

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As part of National Careers Week, a new report commissioned by EngineeringUK has released a preview, showing that overall job
prospects for Engineering and Technology Graduates were greater than all other courses combined.

According to recent findings by EngineeringUK, engineering and technology graduates are securing employment, with 72.5% in paid work within 15 months post-graduation.

Statistics also show that of these graduates, 67.8% went on to work in an engineering occupation.

Of them, 66.5% are working in the engineering industry, which is up 60% reported last year.

The overall figure for engineering and technology graduates in paid employment is greater than all other graduates combined.

For all other graduates, 69.7% were in a paid employment role in the same period, almost 3% lower than engineering and technology graduates.

National Careers Week 2024

EngineeringUK has previewed the report as part of National Careers Week 2024, which this year is 4 – 9 March.

National Careers Week is a one-week celebration of career guidance and free resources in education across the UK.

It aims to focus on career guidance at an important time of the academic year by supporting young people when deciding what their career pathway will look like.

Further research in the report suggested that graduates were more likely to agree that their degree was relevant to their job compared to non-engineer students.

Additionally, they also overwhelmingly agreed that their courses had meant that they are on track for longer-term career plans.

Financial benefits for graduates

The financial prospects for engineering graduates are equally promising.

Most engineering graduates said they were on a salary of between £25,000 to £30,000 or even higher.

Speaking about the findings of the report, Dr. Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive at EngineeringUK said "The engineering and technology field in the UK is bustling with a diverse and exciting array of job opportunities.”

“Our research highlights the strong employability prospects awaiting engineering graduates, alongside competitive salaries and the ability to swiftly embark on fulfilling career trajectories”

Initiatives like National Careers Week and Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, an event that we at Keighley Laboratories will continue to work with this year highlight the benefits a career in engineering can bring.

Keighley Laboratories’ view

Speaking of the report, Managing Director Debbie Mellor said “The findings of the new report show what we already knew, that engineering is a fantastic industry to have a career in. The current courses that students study set them up to go straight into the industry post-graduation.”

“We have been lucky in recent years as we have benefitted from extremely talented young people who have brought lots of new ideas as well as enthusiasm to our operations.”

“We are also in a fortunate position in that we have many experienced and skilled metallurgical engineers who can pass on their expert knowledge to further their development.”

The full report will be available on the EngineeringUK website over the coming days.

To find out more about National Careers Week, visit their website by clicking this link.

For information on Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, follow this link.