Does a final salary scheme make you more upstanding?

It’s official: Nurses, doctors, teachers and judges are the most trusted professions in the UK. And what do they all have in common? An open defined benefit pension scheme.

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Research from IPSOS Mori released this week showed that 93% of 1,000 UK adults would trust a nurse to tell them the truth. Doctors weigh in at 91%; teachers at 88% and judges at 81%.

Although it’s the first year that nurses have been included as a separate employment category in the pollster’s Veracity Index, doctors, teachers and judges have all shown marginal improvement over their 2015 score.

*Of course, there’s no proven causal link between truth-telling and defined benefit pension provision. Civil servants (56%) and NHS managers (48%) are decidedly middle-of-the-road when it comes to perceptions of trustworthiness, ranking below ‘the man in the street’ at 65%. It’s merely our way of justifying an otherwise irrelevant story. But as journalists, who, with 24% come third from bottom of the scale - outranking only government ministers (20%) and politicians generally** (15%) - you wouldn’t expect anything else, would you?

** Both have generous final salary schemes.