So agency engineers are overpaid, money grabbing, incompetent, lack loyalty, lower the morale of permanent staff, reduce office performance, increase pressure on staff and make it impossible for managers to plan and target their resources (NCE 14 June) I would suggest that if Mr Jarrett's organisation is employing the wrong people at the wrong price then there is some fault within that organisation.
The increased use of temporary staff merely indicates that workloads are buoyant, for which everyone in the profession ought to be thankful. It is the inherent flexibility of the agency sector which allows it to react more quickly to changes in demand.
Should the situation continue permanent salaries will also rise.
As for the old chestnut of hourly rates being greater than those of senior management, Mr Jarrett has made the simple mistake of comparing a fish with a bike. If he tries comparing the total cost of employment, which includes employers NI, sick pay, holiday pay, pension provision etc, he will see this particular argument does not hold water.
Instead of emphasising the negative why do we not all revel in the relative prosperity we currently enjoy and hope it remains for a long time to come.
Keith Vaughan, Dara Services keith@daraltd. freeserve. co. uk