With regard to municipal engineers, I disagree with Philomena Bach. Before the merger, I was a member of both IMunE and ICE. I do not believe that working for an organisation that has a public body as a client makes you a municipal engineer.
There is much more to municipal engineering than the delivery of services. As for traditional municipal engineering, its days are numbered as the old timers retire.
The reality is that local authorities now have the inhouse ability to undertake only a small range of their former functions. With no engineering departments, the engineers left are in hotch potch directorates who can offer little engineering and no training. No wonder recruitment is a problem!
RJA Williams (M) 23 Fishponds Road, Kenilworth, Warks CV8 1EY