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A minimum wage may be the answer


When is the hierarchy in the ICE going to realise that if a thing is worth having then it is worth paying for!

I sat my Civils three times and I paid! I got on with it and did not complain.

If we want to look good in a £25K car, will the £5K car do the business? No it will not!

The real problem is not that reviews are expensive, it is that the pay for CEng is poor. Why oh why do people keep putting their heads in the sand?

Because good old Thomas Telford said: 'the adulation paid to mere money was one of the greatest dangers with which modern society was threatened'.

He admired commercial enterprise as the vigorous outgrowth of industrial life, but held that the aim andend of all ought not to be a mere bag of gold, but something far higher and far better.

'Poor so-and-so', he wrote, concerning an old schoolfellow who had made a fortune by scraping. 'Peace to his memory. And confusion to his thousands.'

Telford died a bachelor and on his own.

Even good old Sir Owen Williams said of an engineer: 'he is the fellow that will do for a shilling what some other fool would do for a pound'.

I wish that the ICE would just get on with the job of raising the profile of the civil engineer in the simplest most cost effective way possible - set the minimum pay scales nationally for MICE.

I should not then see pages and pages of a magazine that I pay for being wasted in endless argument again and again.

Julian Carter BEng(Hons) CEng.MICE MCS

Director, CERAD Ltd

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