Research reveals engineers’ creativity peaks long after others dip…
9 Jul 2019
New research claims to reveal that engineers reach peak creativity in the day long after other professions have started to wane.
The light-hearted study, by R&D specialists MPA Group, asked 1,000 UK employees to name the time they felt most innovative.
While journalists failed even to reach the traditional 10am morning tea break time and reached peak creative at 12 minutes earlier, engineers just kept going past the overall average of 11.05 to attain a profession average of 11:54am.
The only profession to outdo them were doctors – surprising perhaps, given their record of working long nights. However they exceeded the engineers by a mere six minutes.
Overall, says MPA, the moment workers feel the most creative, by industry is:
Journalist – 9.48am
Architect – 10.06am
Designer – 10.16am
Scientist – 10.30am
Accountant – 11am
Teacher – 11.01am
Admin staff – 11.14am
Salesperson – 11.15am
Lawyer – 11.19am
Technician – 11.21am
Artist – 11.46am
Engineer – 11.54am
Doctor – 12pm
Office design and atmosphere were also important considerations for those wishing to maximise innovation. A quiet office was the most popular choice, with 43% of workers claiming this will help them to create their most innovative ideas, followed by a comfortable break out space (28%), and colourful or vibrant walls (22%).
Sector job applications up: According to job market data from independent job board, CV-Library, the amount of engineering professionals applying for new jobs increased by 21.9% last month, though the number of jobs on offer dropped by 1.7% year-on-year.
The findings, which compared job market data from June 2019 with the same period last year, also found that salaries only saw a marginal increase of 0.9%, rising from an average of £35,760 in June 2018, to £36,077 in June 2019.