Professional Registration Statistics 2017
In its annual report, the Engineering Council provides analysis on new registrations and losses, registrant gender and age, international registrations and interim registrations in 2017, as at 31 December 2017.
This year’s report has been streamlined to highlight key statistics that will inform our work going forward.
Key points to note from the 2017 statistics are:
- The number of registrants overall has declined by 0.61% compared to 2016. Since 2013, the number of registrants has remained over 230,000 and the total number of registrations has increased by 4.66% during this five year period; to 243,493.
- The number of new final stage registrations increased slightly in 2017, for the fourth consecutive year. 2017 saw another record year of new final stage EngTech registrations, at 2,417. This is a positive trend and may reflect increasing interest in apprenticeships as a pathway into engineering.
- 210 new interim registrations were added to the Register in 2017 compared to 240 in 2016. There remains an opportunity to use interim registration both to increase the total number of registrations and to engage with engineers early in their career while they work towards achieving professional registration.
- The importance of retaining registrants is demonstrated by net gain figures which show the static level of total registrations is due more to the balance between new registrations and losses than to a lack of new registrations.
- There were 2,777 reinstatements to the Register in 2017, indicating that registrants value their registration, as reinstatement requires an active step after removal from the Register.
- The most common reason recorded for leaving the Register is “Lapsed PEI Fee”, the cause recorded for 69.80% of removals, compared to 13.49% due to “Non-Payment of EngC Fee”. The percentage of registrations removed due to “Death” has increased from 10.77% in 2016 to 11.55% in 2017 and registrations removed due to “Retired” increased from 2.20% in 2016 to 5.16% in 2017. Combined, “Retired” and “Death” made up 16.71% of all registrations removed in 2017.
- The average age at which a CEng registrant leaves the Register is 65, after 25 years; the average age at which an EngTech registrant leaves the Register is 46.5, after 10.7 years.
- Female registrants in all titles join the Register earlier than their male equivalents, but also leave it earlier and spend less than half as many years on the Register as the average male registrant.
- The number of new final stage registrants who are female fell slightly from 2016 to 2017, from 1,072 to 1,059 registrants. 10.66% of new final stage registrants in 2017 were female.
- International registrations represent 18.61% of total registrations, compared to 18.67% in 2016.
IExpE NOTE: IExpE has had a significant year for registrations – up from a total of 37 to 46, including 1 retirement.
Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) Bulletin – April 2018
QAC was disappointed that four licensed members had yet to fully complete the 2017 sample of registrants’ CPD records, having not yet provided any feedback to their sample. QAC would highlight the importance of ensuring sampling (including the provision of feedback) is in place, notably with the implementation of mandatory CPD for registrants expected from January 2019.
External Quality Assurance of Apprenticeships Advisory Group (EQAAAG)
Following QAC approval of its terms of reference, the Advisory Group held its inaugural meeting on 28 March 2018. The purpose of the Group will be to assist Engineering Council in its role as a named provider of External Quality Assurance (EQA) for engineering-related apprenticeships.
Mycareerpath Privacy Notice
In line with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, the Engineering Council will shortly be updating mycareerpath.
The Terms & Conditions accepted at sign-up will be replaced with a Privacy Notice that explains how users’ data are stored and used. This notice will be shown once to all users the next/first time they use the system. The text differs slightly between users creating their own accounts, and those passed through by SSO.
IExpE Note: It is a simple matter of reading the terms and accepting them. IExpE encourages all members to use mycareerpath to record their CPD – Registrants will be required to have a mycareerpath account for the submission of CPD records if and when they are audited.