engineering perspectives A re p o r t o n t h e c a re e r s o f a n d challenges facing engineers in Ire l a n d i n 2 0 1 3 .
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engineering perspectives - introduction
Welcome to Engineering Perspectives 2013, a survey carried out in conjunction with HRM Recruit to give us an insight into the engineering profession in Ireland in 2013. Engineering, like all professions, has been challenged over the last number of years but we are beginning to see a rise in demand for engineers in Ireland most notably in the technology, energy and life-sciences area. The versatility of the profession is again playing a pivotal role in attractiveness for would-be employers in bringing jobs to Ireland. The survey also takes into account the opinions of working professionals whose undergraduate degree is engineering but are not necessarily working in the engineering field. Further proof of the skilled foundations an engineering degree can provide for an individual and guide them on their career path. Some highlights of the survey include; 1. Men outnumber women in the engineering profession by nearly nine to one. 2. Three quarters of engineers surveyed belong to a professional engineering association. 3. Less than 5% of engineers are currently unemployed. 4. Male engineers are almost twice as likely to work in senior management compared to female engineers. 5. Engineering is an extremely diverse profession with numerous career streams. 6. 40% of professionals with an engineering qualification, but working in non-engineering roles, do so in General or Operations Management. 7. Nearly 40% of engineers surveyed are with their employers for more than eight years. 8. 45% of engineers surveyed received a salary increase in the last three years. 9. 63% of engineers report their organisations have made employees redundant in the last three years. 10. More than 95% of engineers surveyed see the ability to communicate with non-engineering professionals as vital. Finally I would like to thank HRM Recruit for their work in the design and compilation of this survey and report but most important of all, I would like to thank the engineers who took the time to take part in this survey to help us generate a picture of what it is like to be an engineer in Ireland in 2013.
John Power Director General Engineers Ireland
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