Matchtech to unveil results of 2013 Confidence Index survey this week

On Friday, we will be unveiling the results of the 2013 Matchtech Confidence Index at a roundtable event in London with a selection of industry experts.

The Confidence Index is an annual study surveying how confident UK engineers are regarding a variety of different career related issues, including career progression, job security and salary. We launched the survey, the first of its kind in the engineering sector, in order to obtain a better understanding of exactly how our engineers see the current state of the industry.

This year’s Index will feature a discussion chaired by Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK and attended by some of the leading minds of the UK engineering industry - from government think tanks to representatives from major engineering companies. The discussion will focus on the key findings to come out of the Index this year, leading to a debate on the current state of the UK engineering industry. We’re also going to be discussing the developing trends we’re seeing emerge within different areas of engineering.

The 2012 Confidence Index showed that UK engineers believed the Government was failing their industry, with over half of those surveyed having lost confidence in government policy on engineering. Engineering and manufacturing has received high profile attention in 2013 from the likes of Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, who championed apprenticeships, and the Chancellor’s Budget announcement that an extra £3bn will go towards UK infrastructure projects. It will therefore be interesting to hear the views of the roundtable participants on how this has impacted engineering confidence in their respective fields.

Other key findings from last year’s survey included over a third of UK engineers believing that the UK would not continue to be a world leader in engineering in the future. With HS2 proving to be the major UK engineering project dominating the headlines in 2013, the future of this project looks to have a crucial impact on UK engineering confidence. Having the opinions of a whole host of relevant individuals is something we’re particularly excited about, providing us with the opportunity to find out how confidence has been impacted by the HS2 project uncertainty and mixed media attention.

The official launch of the Confidence Index findings is 25 November and we will be producing a report in the near future with insights from the roundtable discussion. We look forward to sharing the results with you soon.

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