Engineering barometer

The Engineering Barometer is an annual report from Engineers Ireland that tracks developments in engineering education, employment and perspectives. It has become an established resource for engineers, educators, policy-makers and recruiters.

2021 Report
Results of a member survey on the impact of the pandemic on engineering employment.

Key findings from Engineering 2021

The engineering profession demonstrated great resilience throughout 2020

One-in-five engineers was placed on a wage subsidy scheme at some point in the past year (falling to 2% in January 2021), suggesting that engineering organisations did not experience significant declines in revenue during 2020. In fact, two-thirds of engineers increased their salary in the past year and just one-in-twenty reported receiving a pay cut. 

Junior engineers were more likely to be negatively impacted by the pandemic

Approximately one-quarter of junior engineers said that their career had stalled due to the pandemic, and a similar proportion were in receipt of the wage subsidy at some point. Nevertheless, junior engineers remain positive about the engineering profession: more than 80% agreed that engineering is a rewarding career for young people and 74% said that there are plenty of job opportunities.

Engineering organisations plan to recruit in 2021

Engineering directors and managers are confident about growth in their organisations in 2021 with 79% planning to recruit engineers. Utilities (which include electricity, water, gas and telecommunications) intend to expand their engineering workforces in the year ahead with 94% of these companies looking to hire engineers.

Engineers are essential to reduce risks to public health and safety

Engineers across all sectors, disciplines and demographics see their role in protecting society with more than 90% stating that engineers are essential to reduce risks to public health and safety. There has been a substantial rise in the number of engineers strongly agreeing with this perspective over the last three years. 

Previous reports

2020 report
Our analysis is based on surveys of qualified engineers, their employers and the general public
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