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Bad payers are our own establishment

Letters

I have read, over many months, the interesting and diverse letters regarding civil engineers' pay, George Fleming's suggestion that graduates should start on £18,000 and NCE 's campaign to improve remuneration within the industry.

I note in last week's issue, five job ads for graduates with starting salaries much less than £18k. Should these advertisements, in the interest of the readership, have been politely refused?

Are not the heads of these employers also respected civil engineers, perhaps even fellows of our own Institution? In paying experienced graduates, and even chartered engineers, less than metropolitan secretarial or administrative staff, are these employers really upholding the status of their fellow engineers?

Is it not therefore an in-house problem that can be sorted out by engineers for engineers?

Maybe a new code of professional conduct is needed?

IP Driscoll (G), ian. driscoll@talk21.com

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