The engineering footprint

Published in March 2024, this report forms part of our continued work exploring the contribution of engineering to the UK’s workforce. This work was prompted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revising its standard occupation classification (SOC) codes.

Together, EngineeringUK, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Council established an agreed list of SOC codes which encompasses all aspects of engineering, known as the ‘engineering footprint’.

Analyses was conducted to provide an up-to-date figure for the percentage of people working in engineering occupations in the UK.

Using the 2022 Labour Force Surveys (LFS), we concluded there are approximately 6.2 million people working in engineering occupations, representing nearly one fifth (19.2%) of the workforce.

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