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UK engineers concerned about government's ability to secure the future of their industry

The annual Confidence Index from Matchtech, the UK's no. 1 engineering recruitment agency, revealed a strong sense of unease from UK engineers regarding the future of their industry in this country. The Confidence Index, which polled over a thousand British engineers, indicates a growing lack of confidence in government and industry plans for ensuring the continuance of the UK engineering industry as a world leader.
 
Over three quarters (76%) of British engineers lack confidence in the government's action to encourage innovation in the UK, up two per cent from last year's survey. However, the engineering industry has acknowledged government attempts to address the issue. The survey recorded an 11% increase in government policy confidence (58%), following several high profile announcements in 2013 of infrastructure sector investment and the need to encourage more STEM skilled graduates.
 
The results showed that 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 here in the UK.
 
Keith Lewis, managing director of Matchtech, commented: "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.
 
"The UK has historically been known as an engineering powerhouse, creating and producing many exciting and ground breaking projects which are admired the world over. Our engineering sector is very much thriving and across the UK we are also witnessing businesses of all sizes paving the way in innovation. However, a high level of confidence in the industry from the engineers themselves is vital so that we are not held back by losing some of our best talent to other countries.

"We have an ageing workforce that we must continually engage with in order to promote our key engineering successes; we must showcase the very best engineering minds 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."
 

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