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Those with or without possession or control of particular factors of production form the particular class groupings. ) We consider the class position of engineers in detail in Chapter 11. Here we consider the question of status. Measured in status terms, British engineering does not, as an occupation, rank very highly, even though some individual engineers do. There is a considerable literature on this topic. Watson (1976) reviewed numerous studies of occupational prestige in most of the The British Economic Problem 25 industrial countries, and concluded that engineers were indeed less highly regarded in Britain than in any of the others.
Through the war years coal was the least successful of Britain's industries. However, the problem which was being stored up by the tremendous volume ofeconomic activity at home, by fighting activity overseas, as well as by American pressure in return for money to finance the war, was that British export markets abroad were neglected. The war had also massively drained the country's financial reserves and its economic strength in general. At the end of the war, significant problems arose. Apart from three 40 Engineers in Britain acute financial crises with which the government had to contend, the home economic infrastructure was badly depleted.
The paper by Swords-Isherwood (1979) described above suggests that British engineers fare rather poorly in employment. This would indeed appear to be the case. They appear to be employed, not as potential senior managers, but as technical specialists whose assumed lack of wider knowledge and social skills makes them unsuitable for promotion to top posts in which knowledge of finance, markets and the general commercial and political environment is needed (cf. Lawrence, 1977). , 1983, 1986; Glover and Garbutt, 1986; Sorge and Warner, 1986; Whalley, 1986).
Engineers in Britain: A Sociological Study of the Engineering Dimension by Ian A. Glover, Michael P. Kelly (auth.)